[osg-users] Linux ATI driver improvements!

Jan Ciger jan.ciger at gmail.com
Wed Sep 12 11:57:39 PDT 2007


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Robert Osfield wrote:
> Hi All,
> 
> A couple of interesting articles out today about Linux ATI drivers,
> 
> First up AMD/ATI will now support development of open source drivers:
> 
> http://news.com.com/AMD+nurtures+open-source+graphics/2100-7344_3-6206581.html
> 
> Second, new proprietary drivers have been released with much improved
> performance:
> 
> http://www.linuxtoday.com/infrastructure/2007090701626RVHWSW
> 
> As for quality I can not say without seeing reports for OSG users, but
> it does at least look like their might be light at the end tunnel,
> albeit a little way off yet before we're out into the light and
> AMD/ATI is a real contender for sticking in your Linux boxes.
> 

I have just tried to install the new ATI driver on my Thinkpad - no
dice, the FireGL series (I have Mobility FireGL T2 in the machine) is
not supported in 8.41 at all and X doesn't start with it :( Perhaps next
month with 8.42 ...

Also, the preliminary reports from Rage3D forums seems to be: OpenGL is
faster, but the driver is buggy as hell. Some kind of stabilization
could be expected only around 8.42-43 (November?).

Regards,

Jan
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