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Rich Geldreich: A Bad Catalyst GL Driver Is Bad For Everyone

Gaming

Published on 17 June 2014 12:14 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming
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Rich Geldreich, the former Valve OpenGL developer that left the company and has been publicly expressing the poor OpenGL driver landscape, has another new post out today.

Geldreich's latest post is pointing towards my article from this weekend highlighting NVIDIA Slaughters AMD Catalyst On Linux In OpenGL 4.x Micro-Benchmarks using the APITest OpenGL 4 benchmark. Rich wrote:
This excellent GL 4.x micro-benchmark that has been making waves recently is really interesting. Now that it's on Phoronix it's about as mainstream as it's going to get: NVIDIA Slaughters AMD Catalyst On Linux In OpenGL 4.x Micro-Benchmarks

At first glance the results sound great for NV: "The AMD Catalyst driver gets absolutely annihilated for these GL4 micro-benchmarks." But unfortunately it's bad news for everyone working in GL because it clearly demonstrates just how fractured and inconsistent the GL driver landscape actually is when the rubber hits the road.
While many Phoronix readers are quick to criticize AMD's Catalyst Linux driver within our forums as well, he's right that overall it's bad for everyone due to the turbulent OpenGL landscape that's bad for both developers and end-users.

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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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