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  • #21
    it is strange that the ION/ION2 don't drop support the new drivers ...

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    • #22
      hi there!

      This move makes sense to me. As an owner of an 8800 gts (with the latest drivers always) , the newest release doesn' t give me any extra performance anymore (8000 series released back in 2006 I think). So there I cannot see any problem to stay on the 340 legacy driver( which probably will support new versions of Xorg). Even 300 series are now 5 years old cards (supports up to OpenGL 3.3) and in this case too, I don't think that the the latest drivers will give something more (performance, features etc).


      //Sorry for grammar mistakes etc.

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      • #23
        Wow, even now that AMD has had the best performing hardware with open source drivers for quite a while people keep still bashing them as being "unsupported" or "crappy".

        Originally posted by GT220 View Post
        Linus dropped support for 386 in the kernel,
        Because it is slower than the <$0.15 microcontroller in your SD card. Nobody has any legitimate reason as to using them except as a hobby anymore. He actually asked if there was anyone still actually using one they should to reply and he would consider continuing the support...

        Originally posted by GT220 View Post
        MESA also dropped support for many old GPUs, don't think open source supports things forever.
        But honestly: If you are using such old hardware, you can't use many new 3d features anyway and your hardware will be too slow for modern desktops anyway so you are using a very long term "stable" distribution anyway. Of course the same argument is for the proprietary driver, but for the radeon driver it's back to 2002 with the r300 driver. Come on, that were AGP gpus, such hardware is at the edge of being usable for office work...

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        • #24
          Originally posted by GT220 View Post
          No, read the article. Release 340 drivers will be the legacy drivers for all Nvidia 8/9/100/200/300 series GPUs.

          Release 340 will be out sometime in the future. Current latest drivers is Release 334.



          More like worst decision, Nvidia supports GTX 275 until 2016 where as AMD already dropped driver support for HD4000, but I guess you don't seem to understand that.
          Only 2016? Open source drivers last to the end of time. All Radeon cards are well supported by the latest stable release of Mesa 10.1/Linux 3.13 with near-Catalyst performance, or better. I guess you just don't seem to understand what open source drivers are, however.

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          • #25
            And you don't seem to READ what I've wrote, your precious open source developers dropped support for a lot of older hardware, you're not getting supported forever, period. Forever my ass.

            It's time for Linus to drop 486 support since he dropped 386 support, just to reiterate my point.

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            • #26
              Originally posted by mmstick View Post
              Only 2016? Open source drivers last to the end of time.
              Only if someone actually maintains those drivers, otherwise something like this will happen: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...tem&px=MTQ5NDk
              The end of time? I don't think so.

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              • #27
                Originally posted by GT220 View Post
                And you don't seem to READ what I've wrote, your precious open source developers dropped support for a lot of older hardware, you're not getting supported forever, period. Forever my ass.

                It's time for Linus to drop 486 support since he dropped 386 support, just to reiterate my point.
                Those old Mesa drivers actually still compile and run on the modern graphics stack. They've specifically maintained backwards ABI compatibility to ensure that can still happen.

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