What 10,000+ People Say About Linux Graphics
Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 25 October 2007. Page 2 of 2. 9 Comments

How do you acquire your video driver(s) on your Linux system(s)?

Vendor's website: 24.91%
Source Using Git: 1.88%
Source Using Released/Snapshot: 4.08%
Distribution-Supplied/Package Repository: 61.20%
Third-Party Install Script: 4.49%
Other: 3.42%

From the respondents so far, the overwhelming majority are using the display drivers that ship with their distribution or that are available from their distribution's package repository. Only a quarter of the respondents so far are using the vendor's website (NVIDIA or ATI for the binary drivers).

Which version(s) of the X.Org server are running on your Linux system(s)?

X11 Release 6.8: 1.54%
X11 Release 6.9: 1.62%
X11 Release 7.0: 3.59%
X11 Release 7.1: 9.64%
X11 Release 7.2: 35.32%
X11 Release 7.3: 46.06%
Other: 2.20%

Which of the listed display feature(s) do you use on your Linux system(s)?

TV-Out: 27.06%
Multiple Display Heads: 41.75%
Output Hot-Plugging: 13.97%
GPU Power Saving Modes: 17.20%

How do you configure your display(s) on your Linux system(s)?

Manually modifying xorg.conf: 45.97%
Using a graphical utility: 34.35%
XRandR: 5.50%
Vendor-specific text-based utility: 11.33%
Other: 2.82%

Do you use a compositing window manager / desktop effects?

Compiz: 8.71%
Beryl: 10.22%
Compiz Fusion: 40.91%
Yes, Other: 0.65%
No: 39.48%

What are your key interests or concerns with Linux video drivers?

Licensing / Open-Source: 10.48%
OpenGL Performance: 17.81%
Image Quality: 11.70%
Display-related Features: 6.39%
AIGLX Support: 9.26%
Video Playback: 12.27%
Ease of Installation / Maintenance: 11.62%
Stability: 12.14%
Suspend / Hibernate: 7.52%
Other: 0.76%

Which of the below tasks do you actively use on your Linux system(s)?

Gaming: 23.01%
Data Visualization: 13.34%
Video Playback: 36.37%
Visual Desktop Effects: 24.76%
GPU Computing: 2.50%

The final results for our 2007 Linux Graphics Survey will be published in late November. You can discuss these findings so far in the Phoronix Forums.

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