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

2007 Linux Graphics Survey Results

Michael Larabel

Published on 22 November 2007
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 2 of 5 - Comment On This Article

==============
Which video driver(s) do you use in your Linux system(s)?
==============

Intel: 13.34%
Radeon: 13.07%
ATI fglrx: 18.85%
Avivo: 0.29%
RadeonHD: 0.99%
NVIDIA: 41.56%
NV: 4.57%
Nouveau: 0.68%
VESA: 3.44%
XGI: 0.12%
Other: 3.05%

Where things really start to get interesting is with the driver usage on different Linux systems. From our survey results with drivers for ATI GPUs, nearly 19% of the respondents had used the fglrx driver while the open-source Radeon driver was at 13% adoption. The xf86-video-ati Radeon driver is popular with pre-R500 graphics cards while recently they have started on ATI R500 and R600 support. Across all Linux systems polled, the RadeonHD usage was nearly at 1% and the defunct Avivo driver at a quarter of a percent. The usage of the open-source 2D-only NV driver was very low.

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

Vendor's website: 25.16%
Source Using Git: 2.03%
Source Using Released/Snapshot: 4.30%
Distribution-Supplied/Package Repository: 60.95%
Third-Party Install Script: 3.82%
Other: 3.74%

To no major surprise, the leading way that Linux users in this survey acquire their video driver is through their Linux distribution or its package repository. It's extremely easy to install video drivers this way, but at the same time, they are not often up to date. Nearly a quarter, however, obtain their drivers through the vendor's website (for the binary display drivers).

Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Trying The Configurable 45 Watt TDP With AMD's A10-7800 / A6-7400K
  2. Sumo's Omni Gets Reloaded
  3. AMD A10-7800 & A6-7400K APUs Run Great On Linux
  4. Radeon Gallium3D Is Running Increasingly Well Against AMD's Catalyst Driver
Latest Linux Articles
  1. CPUFreq Scaling Tests With AMD's Kaveri On Linux 3.16
  2. Enabling HyperZ Is Still An Easy Way For Faster RadeonSI Performance
  3. AMD Kaveri: Catalyst vs. RadeonSI Gallium3D On Linux
  4. Linux OpenCL Performance With The Newest AMD & NVIDIA Drivers
Latest Linux News
  1. Systemd 216 Piles On More Features, Aims For New User-Space VT
  2. Mesa 10.2.6 Has Plenty Of OpenGL Driver Bug Fixes
  3. Wasteland 2 Gets An Official Release Date
  4. Dead Island For Linux Appears Imminent
  5. LXQt 0.8 Is Being Released Soon
  6. Linux 3.17 Lands Memfd, A KDBUS Prerequisite
  7. Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 Shafts Linux Gamers
  8. Ubuntu 14.10's Feature Freeze Is This Wednesday
  9. New VM Software Claims To Be 4.5x Faster Than QEMU
  10. Kpatch Gets Exposure This Week, kGraft Misses Out
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Dead Island for Linux (?)
  2. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  3. AMD Offers Mantle For OpenGL-Next, Pushes Mantle To Workstations
  4. The dangers of Linux kernel development
  5. Next-Gen OpenGL To Be Announced Next Month
  6. OpenGL 4.5 Released With New Features
  7. Updated graphics drivers for Ubuntu 12.04 Precise LTS
  8. Builder: A New Development IDE Being Built For GNOME