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My wife's secondary laptop is still a G4 iBook with a Rage 128... I last used it a week ago. I have been considering installing either an updated MacOS on it (10.5), or just going straight to a PPC linux distro. If the rage128 x.org driver gets updated, maybe that'll sway my decision (bonus points if someone ports the old dri1 mesa driver to DRI2 and KMS).
I believe that rage 128 chips also shipped on quite a few server boards for years after the rage128 had become obselete.
I've done this with a Radeon setup a while ago on a G4 mac. There's a lot of things that you gotta do to get it working.
While most of the Rage family was EOL'd in the late nineties some derivatives were in widespread use on server motherboards so there's good chance that there are still Linux users with them. Wikipedia suggests that server motherboards using Rage XL chips were made until 2006: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATI_Rage#RAGE_XL
The Rage XL was a low voltage Rage Pro with a die shrink, it was part of the Mach64 family. That isn't supported by the Rage 128 driver.
Ah, how these are the good old days playing ActiVision's MechWarrior II in an IBM Aptiva L Series with an IBM MM75 monitor (and Sound By BOSE speakers built-in but missed having an AccoustiMass module--er, subwoofer). This is in an ATI Rage Pro 2MB. It had an Intel Pentium II 233MHz processor with MMX. Oh, joy... I wish that 1997 computer had came with ATI Rage 128, but I got ATI Rage Xpress 128 PCI card, which is cheaper compared to an AGP card. Sadly, that AGP slot wasn't utilized. I also upgraded to 128MB of RAM from 32MB, so I can play Final Fantasy VIII for the PC (and before that, Final Fantasy VII for the PC with Yamaha S-YXG50, a standalone XG software synth back during late 1990s now available as a VST format).
Man, how times have changed! I have never heard of Linux until... (sigh) until the last decade.
Off-topic: Anyone with an IBM Aptiva E/L/R series still remember the videos?
this is why i hate Linux.. can't this man find something more useful to do with is time, like working on products that people actually use?
I actually use a Rage 128 in my mom's old desktop.
I really don't know if it's related to the driver or what, but recent versions of (L)ubuntu would start to a black screen and nothing further. I know the onboard Intel 845 chip I have works, but the port went bad, so I fell back to that Rage 128 GPU. I ended up just throwing Windows XP onto it and forgetting about it, but now I might be able to give Linux another go at some point