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  • #16
    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
    If you want FOSS drivers for nvidia, the way to get it is simple, have a competitor not only match Nvidia's performance but exceed it enough that it starts taking over Nvidia's reputation as the best performing card for linux.
    Yep. That would be the case. Now that AMD has released most of the needed info, all we need to do is have Gallium3D support show up quickly on the parts as that'll be the way to that position to harry NVidia with FOSS drivers.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by alchark View Post
      What about out-of-box experience with Linux? Many distros can not include non-free drivers in their default configuration for legal reasons. That is what end users WILL notice and suffer from.
      Most distro's have a easy simple way of installing the drivers. One click installs are easily found. Just like windows for which people are already accustomed too. You don't see people running away and screaming because they have to install the latest and greatest drivers. What happens if I buy a card that happens to be newer then the drivers found on the distro? I still have to connect to the net and update everything.


      Svartalf, ATI/AMD's efforts still have a long way to go before they match Nvidia. They not only have to match the single card video performance, but now they also have to be able to compete with SLI, Cuda and Physix.
      Last edited by deanjo; 03-17-2008, 06:40 PM.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by deanjo View Post
        Svartalf, ATI/AMD's efforts still have a long way to go before they match Nvidia. They not only have to match the single card video performance, but now they also have to be able to compete with SLI, Cuda and Physix.
        I won't argue that. But...have you read up on what Tungsten's doing with Gallium? If you have, you might want to think about what everything but SLI/Crossfire means in that context. It's the only sticking point in the picture I paint. If you've not read up, I suggest a bit of light reading might be in order...

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Svartalf View Post
          I won't argue that. But...have you read up on what Tungsten's doing with Gallium? If you have, you might want to think about what everything but SLI/Crossfire means in that context. It's the only sticking point in the picture I paint. If you've not read up, I suggest a bit of light reading might be in order...

          Yes I've read it, fact still remains, Nvidia has working solutions now. Gallium is still more or less a paper launch in it's infancy that has a long way to go as well to become a defacto standard. I remember seeing much of this type of hype when openAL was announced as well but it took Windows Vista to bring it into the limelight.

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