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Phoronix: S3 Graphics Is Working On New Linux Driver
Yesterday we shared that S3 Graphics launched their Chrome 500 Series graphics cards, with the initial model being a sub-$50 USD OpenGL 3.0 capable solution. It's no power workhorse, but in the press release they shared: "Today's users will now be able to enjoy the latest Blu-ray playback, streaming HD video, DirectX 10.1, and OpenGL 3.0 applications on Microsoft Windows and Linux platforms." As we shared in the article yesterday, the last Linux driver from S3 Graphics was released last year and it's riddled with limitations...
Video: Video playback is not supported in this release
But it a good start and it cannot be any worse than fglrx, or can it
Has anyone got these cards, I hope to see some kind of test with it in phoronix, maybe againts nvidia 8400gs, HD2400 and newest integrated intel. I Don't know where to get these card here in Europe anyway...
Has anyone tried these drivers yet(do anyone even have these cards)?
Openchrome is FLOSS and claims Xv and XvMC support.
ATI and Nvidia have no FLOSS video decoding support at all.
How well does Openchrome actually work? Which PCIe cards
are recommended for Openchrome/Xv/XvMC/mpeg2 applications?
Does tv-out work? Any gotches? (no gaming required)
Well openchrome is for VIA:s igp:s not S3 PCIe cards, so these new proprietary beta drivers are supposed to give 3D/2D support for S3 cards. Later on these drivers should give video acceleration(not only mpeg2 but HD video acceleration also(something equal for nvidia:s vdpau)) and full opengl3 support for S3 chrome 400 and 500 series.
If they don't provide open source drivers, they will not have *any* success on the linux platform. Providing good working closed source drivers is hard work (see fglrx) and if you want something that 'just works' you buy nvidia. They had the chance to make a great start only with free drivers, but they did not look at open source at all. It's a pity. I think even the closed source driver are not needed, because not one single linux user will try these graphics cards.