Future of ATI Linux drivers? Grim, with just cultists still buying these cards to use on Linux.
it is likely grim, as opensource drivers are quickly catching up to fglrx feature-wise.
but ati on linux is not for cultists. it works reliably with opensource drivers.
i can't say much about fglrx, since i decided to stop using it after 8.36 totally broke xvideo. i don't care whether it's fixed now, i'm not giving fglrx another chance because i don't have to :]
open drivers work reliably? wow, you're easy to please. "the thing doesn't crash". catalyst 8.5 sure crashed for me, horribly. It wants to work, but once opengl starts, it either segfaults right away, or runs for a bit, then crashes and locks up the system. I'm sure a lot of people want to buy expensive, dedicated 3d cards to move around some windows on an open driver. Forget it, the only way for "high performance" no matter what anyone says, was the proprietary stuff, and it's junk, and will be for the foreseeable future. Knowing that, I can only imagine a hardcore fanboy would shell out for ati cards to put on linux just to toy around with some wobbly driver. maybe that thrill ride is a game in itself for them, who knows. But if these guys exist, they're sure to be very rare.
Last edited by Moronix; 06-03-2008 at 01:18 AM.
is amd going to create drivers to use the external graphics cards on linux? after reading the announcement today i was really excited but then read it was vista only
Fglrx must be easier to install and tune!
If we want more folks to join Linux community and buy ATI cards the company must finally change that ancient graphic installer and provide a GUI for aticonfig so that every newbie user can tune the driver correctly.
Furthermore driver's documentation must be completely re-written and filled with information for new stuff and help for new users so that it can be finally usable and not helpful for drivers 2 years old!
Documentation is a must be fixed thing!
At Compiz-Fusion forum the thread for setting up fglrx has more than 89000 views and 500 posts and it is a guide we made ourselves for using Compiz with AIGLX correctly. And this happens because there is no Documentation at the driver's package suite.
Also we can help at the documentation point if AMD needs any help from the community... Translations maybe...
It's not fixed. In Catalyst 8.8, tearing will officially get introduced as a feature:i can't say much about fglrx, since i decided to stop using it after 8.36 totally broke xvideo. i don't care whether it's fixed now