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  • #61
    VMware is always behind with kernel support. That's why i only use VirtualBox. Speed is fine.

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    • #62
      I realize to all that Phoronix.com is largely responsible for open source video drivers development ?

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      • #63
        Originally posted by Click SSL View Post
        I realize to all that Phoronix.com is largely responsible for open source video drivers development ?
        No, they are not at all responsible for video driver development.

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        • #64
          Originally posted by adamk View Post
          No, they are not at all responsible for video driver development.
          To be perfectly clear: they (he, I don't think Phoronix is anyone more than one person) are not responsible for any video driver development.

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          • #65
            Hi there !
            I'm back with good news : i won !
            After weeks of research i could make my multiseat work pretty fine with FGLRX on kubuntu 10.4
            I built an hybrid multiseat system with 2 HD3870 cards : 2 Xorg running with one shared by 2 Xephyr servers.
            I'm running 3 seats with 2 physical cards.
            The unshared Xorg runs Windows XP under VMware Player with GLX acceleration enabled (so Direct3D too)
            There one or two problems remaining (but i'm happy now :-))
            I can't activate GLX pass through in Xephyr because of FGLRX lacks.
            For now, i still work on to make it "proper" but if you have any questions... ask !
            Thanks for your help guys.

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            • #66
              Any reason why you need to run FGLRX?

              The radeon driver works really well for multi-seat, including 3d and 2d acceleration.

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              • #67
                Originally posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
                Any reason why you need to run FGLRX?

                The radeon driver works really well for multi-seat, including 3d and 2d acceleration.
                Radeon driver can't activate the YUV output and i need it.

                I could read that only fglrx enables advanced power management and it seems to be better in 3D too.

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                • #68
                  Hi all,
                  I've read all the thread and some things are clearer to me, some don't.

                  I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 64 bits on a HP laptop with a HD5650. And my question is pretty simple: what do I have to do to be able to run 3D acceleration and Compiz effects WITHOUT using the fglrx driver?

                  Please, tell me that's possible

                  Thanks.

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                  • #69
                    Originally posted by romu View Post
                    Hi all,
                    I've read all the thread and some things are clearer to me, some don't.

                    I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 64 bits on a HP laptop with a HD5650. And my question is pretty simple: what do I have to do to be able to run 3D acceleration and Compiz effects WITHOUT using the fglrx driver?

                    Please, tell me that's possible

                    Thanks.
                    Hi Romu,
                    Yes it's possible if you use the open source driver for AMD adapters like 'radeon' or 'radeonhd' driver.

                    'radeon' driver is the best alternative to fglrx, more enhenced than 'radeonhd' with good 3D performances and compatible with compiz but with lacks of functions for power managing and temperature/fan control than fglrx...

                    See your distro documentation to install it.

                    (Le bonjour de Rennes ;-) )

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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by romu View Post
                      Hi all,
                      I've read all the thread and some things are clearer to me, some don't.

                      I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 64 bits on a HP laptop with a HD5650. And my question is pretty simple: what do I have to do to be able to run 3D acceleration and Compiz effects WITHOUT using the fglrx driver?

                      Please, tell me that's possible

                      Thanks.
                      I don't know how exactly to do it on Ubuntu, but basically, you need to get the updated open source drivers from the xorg-edgers-ppa.

                      You will need:

                      - the most recent kernel you can get
                      - the most recent mesa, libdrm and xf86-video-ati.

                      That should be it. Remove your xorg.conf and restart.

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                      • #71
                        @sebsan : Bonjour breton !

                        My kernel is the last one provided by Ubuntu : 2.6.35-24

                        libdrm 2.4.21 for radeon is already installed
                        I run the mesa libgl1-mesa-dri (and glx) 7.9
                        I run xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:6.13.1

                        When I run glxinfo, I well get a "direct rendering: yes" saying that this is the mesa infrastructure. And finally, if I try to active the Compiz effecs, I get : "No 3D driver available".

                        Of course, with fglrx, this runs perfectly, but what an awful splashscreen !

                        I wasn't able to connect the "xorg-edgers-ppa", I get an error 404.

                        Thanks.

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                        • #72
                          You don't have acceleration because some parts of your stack are too old. Direct Rendering is unimportant in this context.

                          I do not remember which versions exactly brought HD5xxx support, but I'm pretty sure that upgrading all these to the most recent version you can get will give you working 3d acceleration. In October 2010, it was NOT widely available in distributions.

                          I don't have experience with Ubuntu, but I'm sure that somebody else here can tell you exactly how to do this. Otherwise, ask on an Ubuntu forum how to add the latest drivers from xorg-edgers.

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                          • #73
                            Ok thanks.

                            We are mid January, 11.04 is expected pretty soon, I can wait.

                            One more political question, and I hope Bridgman will participate: I read AMD hired some guys to develop the Open Source driver, so what's the need to maintain a closed source one?

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                            • #74
                              Originally posted by romu View Post
                              Ok thanks.

                              We are mid January, 11.04 is expected pretty soon, I can wait.

                              One more political question, and I hope Bridgman will participate: I read AMD hired some guys to develop the Open Source driver, so what's the need to maintain a closed source one?
                              See this thread:
                              http://phoronix.com/forums/showthrea...-source-driver

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                              • #75
                                Perfect! Thanks a lot.

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