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ATI Linux Debacle

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Published on 22 February 2006 01:00 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD
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Whether your frustrated with the lack of Linux CrossFire support, or rather the lack of Radeon X1000 series support under Linux, users have been ranting for quite some time to improve the quality of their proprietary display drivers. Pete (Kombatant) Vagiakos over at Driver Heaven has written a editorial proclaiming his disappointment in ATI Technologies and their present status of the Linux display drivers. His key argument is the lack of Radeon X1000 Linux support, as well as the lack of a viable control panel to replace fireglcontrolpanel. Whether you are an ATI or NVIDIA user, it is certainly an influential matter if you are into any sort of gaming, or simply using a desktop for that matter. Pete also mentions the possibility of porting the Windows CATALYST CCC - Catalyst Control Center over to Linux. His entry in its entirety can be viewed here. As he mentions Phoronix in this piece, due to our exclusive information in regards to the time-frame for ATI Linux support (when speaking with ATI's Matthew Tippett), the original article can be read here, and below is the relative excerpt. We are still looking very much forward to the likely spring release -- April or May -- and will be posting a great deal of X1k results, as well as additional information, immediately upon the public availability of these drivers.

How long until the X1000 series will be supported by ATI's proprietary fglrx drivers? Well, earlier this morning we had spoken with Matthew Tippett from ATI's Linux department for a public comment and he has simply said that the supportive drivers are indeed coming and they will be out eventually, and he also said it will likely not be for a couple of releases at least. With the department's present strategy of releasing monthly Linux drivers as of late, these drivers will likely not be in the hands of the public until sometime this spring, unless of course a miracle was to occur with their development process.


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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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