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ATI: Open v. Closed Drivers

Michael Larabel

Published on 6 May 2006
Written by Michael Larabel
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Outside of the frame-rate performance, the ATI proprietary drivers do provide the fireglcontrolpanel support, aticonfig utility, and various other features that simply are not matched at this time by the open-source alternatives. The open-source drivers of course are able to speak for themselves when it comes to the plethora of benefits. While we will not go around preaching in either side's favor, both the closed and open drivers do offer their various advantages and disadvantages for which a Linux user must take into consideration when choosing between the various options. When it came to the frame-rate comparison between the open-source Radeon and ATI fglrx drivers, the proprietary solution had won in a landslide. However, it is important to keep in mind that the tests performed today are in a single environment and single gaming benchmark. In the near future, we plan to accompany these results with tests that are more extensive from not only ATI but its competition as well. Feel free to voice your opinions about the open-source display driver situation using our contact page.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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