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    Default NVIDIA Updates Its Legacy Linux Graphics Driver

    Phoronix: NVIDIA Updates Its Legacy Linux Graphics Driver

    NVIDIA issued an update last week for its older legacy driver series in order to support the latest X.Org Server plus brings other fixes...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTMyNDA

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    Meanwhile AMD legacy driver support some stone age Xorg.

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    Lol,

    Fully supported: Geforce FX5200.
    Not supported: Radeon HD 4890.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [Knuckles] View Post
    Lol,

    Fully supported: Geforce FX5200.
    Not supported: Radeon HD 4890.
    Exactly why I changed to an Nvidia card recently... not even my previous HD6850 was worth it with the current state of their drivers...

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    The AMD drivers are open source, are they not? Why doesn't the community fix the issue if it is so widespread and complained about to such an extent? How can proprietary Nvidia drivers be so much better supported?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FutureSuture View Post
    The AMD drivers are open source, are they not? Why doesn't the community fix the issue if it is so widespread and complained about to such an extent?
    Not many people have the expertise to take on such a venture. The documentation usually lags behind the opensource driver releases as well. If the qualified community had to wait until AMD released full documentation it is likely that the current state would be much farther behind as AMD is usually plugging away at the open drivers getting them ready to release well before the public documentation is available.

    How can proprietary Nvidia drivers be so much better supported?
    For one, they don't depend on as many external dependencies. Also nVidia has a fair sizable chunk of the profitable professional market where AMD has a relatively small one. All that factors into the amount of resources each company can supply for smaller markets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FutureSuture View Post
    Why doesn't the community fix the issue if it is so widespread and complained about to such an extent?
    Lack of manpower; Lack of documentation (still nothing for power management or accelerated video decoding); and of course it's simply hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger_Coder View Post
    Meanwhile AMD legacy driver support some stone age Xorg.
    "Stone age Xorg"

    LOL...made me chuckle. Totally agree, there are no technical limitations why they cannot support the latest Xorg! The HD46XX to HD48XX are still decent cards.
    Last edited by enfocomp; 04-29-2013 at 07:51 PM.

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