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Buy ATI!!!* *
-some features may not work as advertised
-flip flopping of drivers is needed to get desired performance
-please allow 18-24 months before product works close to 75% of capable performance, or support dropped which ever comes first
-regular regressions are considered a feature
-video decode acceleration is not needed. Portable systems my contain hazardous materials that may kill dolphins, we do not support running off batteries as such and you should keep your system plugged in at all times for the sake of marine mammals
-to get proper openCL support, please consider running our SDK examples on the competitors hardware.
-if we can't fix an issue please regard that as a not needed feature.
Why don't you tell AMD/ATI to put more resources towards Linux instead of preaching Nvidia's 'evil ways?' If ATI truly cared about open source and Linux support, they'd apply more resources into the support. Why am I emphasizing this again? Well, when you read in this forum, the Ubuntu forum, the OpenSUSE forum, the Debian forum.... I don't know...pretty much any forum that is Linux-oriented about disappointment with ATI drivers, whether open source or binary, you begin to suspect that ATI is neglecting these problems.
If Mikeysoft is evil, then ATI is catering too much to evil so there. There's no 'lesser evil' if one is only masquerading as 'Linux friendly' in support. Nvidia, at least, has all these extra features and most of them work - VDPAU, folding etc. The only real complaint other than the closed source option is the problem with Optimus. I want to see a more concise project by ATI to fix issues instead of so many regressions and not applying fixes to bugs or lack of features that are already reported. Tearing, artifacts and other problems that seem to require manual configuration and constant scripting in order to make baby steps is not any choice if the Nvidia card allows full function of your card. Sure, it won't be on level of Windoze but then all these cards are processed with Mikeysoft operating systems in mind, anyway. They're all evil by association?
Amazing how people are willing to forgive anything nvidia does bad, but not AMD. Get a grip people.
Who is forgiving Nvidia? Any names? What is the evidence?
I think if ATI features are on par with Nvidia, Linux users would buy ATI cards exclusively. No contest. I don't know of any reason why a Linux user would consider Nvidia if ATI cards are up to par or at least 95%+ on par. There is an open source driver and if you have gaming/Wine capability plus high performance video playback that works without bugs/major issues, ATI cards are the obvious choice.
In Windows, Nvidia cards are often chosen for Folding and if the price/performance is better. I don't think there's not too many other reasons. In Linux, Nvidia cards are chosen so they avoid these issues that are often reported. Just check the categories in this forum. There's a clutter of topics in both ATI FOSS drivers and ATI FGLRX drivers sections. Not much going on in the Nvidia one. Why is that, huh? Because everyone is forgiving Nvidia?!?
So I finally went from 10.7 to 10.8 today. I didn't do it straight away cause I had things to get done and wasn't sure if I'd have to roll back if there was breakage. Can't really see much improvement unfortunately.
Still no v-sync not to mention when resizing windows while running Blender is agonisingly slow.
Switching to Windows might be the prudent thing for me to do. At least the Windows driver is in much better shape than the Linux one.