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  • #16
    If I were AMD, I'd be really scared.

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    • #17
      Does anyone know if this fixes the weird Qt4 rendering + compiz bug?

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      • #18
        Originally posted by sundown View Post
        If I were AMD, I'd be really scared.
        At least nvidia is moving in the right direction. Perhaps the stable build will have improved PV support by then. AMD/ATI need to get their act together if they want to stay alive in the Linux space

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        • #19
          Hm. I don't know if I should think this is a good thing. :/

          nVidia tries to create an own proprietary video acceleration although there are open source approaches. Can't they thy to use something like XvMC or try to improve it or even use VA API? But AMD is not better: They made an own proprietary video driver that isn't even ready to use. Especially they should have used VAAPI or something like this.

          Now nVidia and AMD have made duplicated efforts...

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          • #20
            proprietary?!?

            Originally posted by bugmenot View Post
            Hm. I don't know if I should think this is a good thing. :/

            nVidia tries to create an own proprietary video acceleration although there are open source approaches. Can't they thy to use something like XvMC or try to improve it or even use VA API? But AMD is not better: They made an own proprietary video driver that isn't even ready to use. Especially they should have used VAAPI or something like this.

            Now nVidia and AMD have made duplicated efforts...
            First - am I reading something wrong? Where is it mentioned that VDPAU API is proprietary? In fact, quoting the first news article on VDPAU:
            The VDPAU documentation is currently housed within a header file in /usr/include/vdpau/ that contains hundreds of lines of documentation and covers threading, extending the API, and more. VDPAU is also supported in the 180 releases of the FreeBSD and Solaris display drivers.
            Doesn't read like proprietary to me :-\

            XvMC is dated and plain simply doesn't offer many features essential to future video-watching experience (no frame-by-frame stepping? subtitles? no PIP? etc... WTF?).
            AMD's "solution" involves essentially porting DXVA to Linux, to minimize the work needed - they have already developed the code for their windows driver, so... you can't really talk about much effort on AMD's part.

            As far as API wars go, I'd like to hear someone competent look at XvBA and VDPAU and compare them. I guess if VDPAU is signifacantly better than the DXVA port, it makes sense to support it (MOAR FEATURES!!! ) Otherwise the point of maintaining two APIs and codebases (DXVA vs. VDPAU) simply escapes me.

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