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Right... All kinds of silliness we've been through, apparently.
Well I have to admit, I absolutely hate sacrificing vertical resolution by going to 16:9. Once your used to a 16:10 display it is annoying as hell having to go to a 16:9 ratio. Those extra pixels easily accommodate the taskbar and top window frame in fullscreen. 16:9 feels compressed to me for monitor use.
Phoronix: Happy 3rd Birthday To AMD's Open-Source Strategy
It was three years ago on this day that we were the first to detail AMD's open-source strategy. Yep, it's only been three years since AMD became public with pushing out NDA-free GPU documentation and register specifications, open-source code for the xf86-video-ati and Mesa drivers, and employed a small set of developers to contribute towards their open-source Linux stack. It was also three years ago from this month that the now deceased RadeonHD driver was launched...
In the full article, it says that AMD had drawn even (or words to that effect) with Nvidia with their proprietary driver, as they launched their open source strategy.
I applaud AMD for what they have done on the open source side of things (the delay for Evergreen aside), but I must say the proprietary side of things really aren't equal with Nvidia, and here is why.
With Nvidia, I can use, if I choose too, the proprietary driver with virtually any distribution. With AMD, I can only use the proprietary driver with Ubuntu. So, as a Fedora user, I'm out in the cold, at least where the proprietary driver is concerned.
I would prefer an open source driver anyway, but since I also have an Evergreen GPU (HP Envy 17 laptop), all I get is 2D, with no hardware acceleration.
If there hadn't been the left picture for comparison I would have thought it might even be ok that way.
Until I saw screenshots from SuperTuxKart I also though that this "texturing" they use would be normal. But in that case it's the same problem in Windows.
I run fglrx at the time when my 3870 is in since fglrx has matured power management. Without that an the onboard 3300 I don't notice that much difference.
The free drivers seem to be partially even better in 2D, esp. since fglrx 10.7 made a mess in 2D scrolling so I had to revert to 10.5.