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  • #16
    If they don't provide open source drivers, they will not have *any* success on the linux platform. Providing good working closed source drivers is hard work (see fglrx) and if you want something that 'just works' you buy nvidia. They had the chance to make a great start only with free drivers, but they did not look at open source at all. It's a pity. I think even the closed source driver are not needed, because not one single linux user will try these graphics cards.

    Look at the oss side, S3!

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    • #17
      tuke81> Well openchrome is for VIA:s igp:s not S3 PCIe cards,

      IGP? I assume you mean AGP? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agp
      So the openchrome driver doesn't support any PCI or PCIe cards?
      I don't have any AGP slots, just PCI and PCIe.

      tuke81> not only mpeg2 but HD video acceleration also

      My HD (720p, 1080i) video is mpeg2. I need HD mpeg2 accel.
      Accel of other codecs like mpeg4, H.264, etc. would be nice but
      I can live without it for now.

      bugmenot> If they don't provide open source drivers, they will not
      bugmenot> have *any* success on the linux platform.

      Not to mention the *BSDs, Plan-9, Opensolaris, etc. And non-x86
      platforms regardless of OS.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Dieter View Post
        IGP? I assume you mean AGP? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agp
        So the openchrome driver doesn't support any PCI or PCIe cards?
        I don't have any AGP slots, just PCI and PCIe.
        IGP is Intergrated Graphics Processor (or some such, it's intergrated graphics anyway)

        Which comms protocol and bus it uses is up to the chipset. It can be any of PCIe, AGP, or PCI.

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        • #19
          > IGP is Intergrated Graphics Processor (or some such, it's intergrated graphics anyway)

          Ah, Integrated Graphics Processor, aka onboard. Problem with that is
          I'd have to buy an entire new computer. :-(

          So no one puts these chips on expansion cards?

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Dieter View Post
            So no one puts these chips on expansion cards?
            Typically, no. They're also pretty much all crippled in some way to lower transistor counts, etc.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by DeepDayze View Post
              .....
              I still have an old S3 ViRGE in my junk parts box...not a bad card in its time, and X had a driver for it albeit just a 2D driver.
              My first working dual screen setup was on S3 virge hardware. It was 2 PCI 16Mb cards.

              Are the S3 drivers all open source?

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              • #22
                Nope, the new ones from S3 Graphics are not.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by curaga View Post
                  Nope, the new ones from S3 Graphics are not.
                  That killsw any chance for me to switch over to an S3 card....

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