Originally Posted by Glaucous
nVidia knows how to write decent drivers, while ATI fails miserably at driver implementations. ATI's linux/X drivers are particularly bad, while their Windows drivers are mostly acceptable.
fglrx has been one long trip to bugginess for me with linux, which means this is my first ATI GPU in almost 10y and the experience has been less than pleasing.
Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, 4GB DDR2-800, 320GB 7200RPM WDC WD3200BEKT-22F3T0, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850 512MB GDDR3, 8x Super multi DVD+/-RW, 1680x1050 (17"), 9 cell battery
Ubuntu 8.10 x86-64 (current updates) catalyst 9.3
Windows Vista Home Premium 32b SP1 (current update) still on shipped catalyst(8.12 I think, MSI packed -- lazy)