I have just (last week?) managed to get fglrx 9.2 installed onto my main PC running Ubuntu 8.10 and get compiz + xv worked.
Now I know that after 2 months my video card will be a dead horse again, because FOSS driver is still not out yet and fglrx would have a hard time TRYING to support x server 1.6.
Hope Ubuntu team could give a hand helping those poor fglrx devs to get their driver work on Ubuntu 9.04 by the time it is out. Otherwise it (X server 1.6 DRI-2 fantasy) is going to be a major show stopper for ATI users -- YET AGAIN.
Note that DRI2 isn't going to change anything on its own; it's just one of many things which need to be in place to enable RDR, which is what you *really* want
I define "ready" a bit different. Ubuntu got the driver, but it was not in the standard installer package. But there are always other distros out there which would like to use the driver too. Of course you can hack a package to install those provided files for Ubuntu on another system, but do you call that really "ready"?
All fair points. Let's talk about those though, rather than "not working with the Ubuntu release at all".
Any idea when the XServer 1.6 ABI/API/whatever was frozen enough that binary drivers could depend on it? Or was NVidia still taking a small risk by releasing a driver when it was still in RC status?
I'd still rather the closed-source devs worked on bug fixes and feature completion before supporting prerelease code on prerelease OSes, bleeding edge is where the benefits from having an OSS driver come in.
My crystal ball(*) says we'll see XServer 1.6 support on 9.3 or 9.4. Plenty of time for the spring distros to pick it up.
I guess that would be a problem if you wanted to install XServer 1.6 *now*, but fortunately you can use the open drivers if you *really* must ( there's a fetish for everyone, I guess )
A storm in a teacup, people.
(*) Just an educated guess - I don't have any insider info or anything. That, and I know how to use the search function of the forum.
Well said!I'd still rather the closed-source devs worked on bug fixes and feature completion before supporting prerelease code on prerelease OSes, bleeding edge is where the benefits from having an OSS driver come in.
Last edited by BlackStar; 02-26-2009 at 05:44 AM.