1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

What 10,000+ People Say About Linux Graphics

Michael Larabel

Published on 25 October 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
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.

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 .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. AMD's New Athlon/Semprons Give Old Phenom CPUs A Big Run For The Money
  2. 13-Way Low-End GPU Comparison With AMD's AM1 Athlon
  3. ASUS AM1I-A: A Mini-ITX Board For Socketed Kabini APUs
  4. Mini-Box M350: A Simple, Affordable Mini-ITX Case
Latest Linux Articles
  1. How Much Video RAM Is Needed For Catalyst R3 Graphics?
  2. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS Cloud Benchmarks
  3. Ubuntu 12.04.4 vs. 13.10 vs. 14.04 LTS Desktop Benchmarks
  4. AMD OpenCL Performance With AM1 Kabini APUs
Latest Linux News
  1. Easter Yields The Linux 3.15-rc2 Kernel Release
  2. The Most Amazing OpenGL Tech Demo In 64kb
  3. Packard Bell LM85 Now Supported By Coreboot
  4. AmazonBasics External USB 2.0 DVD Writer For Linux
  5. TP-LINK TG-3468: A $12 Linux PCI-E Gigabit Network Adapter
  6. Linux 3.15 Lands Some DRM Graphics Driver Fixes
  7. AMD Is Disabling DPM Support For RV770 GPUs
  8. ReactOS Working On A Community Windows OS
  9. eRacks Keeps Pushing Linux, Open-Source Systems After 15 Years
  10. Borderlands Is Being Considered For Linux
  11. Mesa 10.0 & 10.1 Stable Get Updated
  12. Git 2.0 Test Releases Begin With Many Changes
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. The GNOME Foundation Is Running Short On Money
  2. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  3. Catalyst 14.3 Beta
  4. Suggestions about how to make a Radeon HD 7790 work decently?
  5. Radeon 8000M problematic on Linux?
  6. Linux Kernel Developers Fed Up With Ridiculous Bugs In Systemd
  7. After Jack Keane, RuseSoft will briing Ankh 3 to Linux through Desura
  8. Suspected PHP Proxy Issue