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It has been one year to the day since XGI Technology had last released a Volari Linux display driver and about 14 months since we had first delivered word of XGI considering open-source 3D display drivers. Where do things now stand for XGI Technology? We will tell you all of the details today where things are for this Taiwan graphics company.
Well, there is actually an open source driver released by Xgi and it was attached to that bug. However there are some issues surrounding the driver code, which is why the bug report was closed afterwards.
Despite that, it seems that Xgi is quite willing to release open source drivers for its card. I'm not sure how long it will take to cleanup those issues though.
Well, it is very unfortunate that the 8600 series has yet to surface (and probably never will) and there is only one PCI Express model (8300). Once these drivers do work out, they will likely still be slower than the ATI Radeon 9200. On Windows the V3XT and V8 perform slower than the 9200 (IIRC), so for now at least its defeated by using the open-source R200/R300 Radeon driver. Also, the XGI Tech products are sold at less online (and retail, if any) stores compared to the Radeon AGP cards, which are also cheaper at last check. There is also Nouveau once that is going.
Yes, I just wanted to point out that Xgi seems quite supportive of open source, and is willing to provide open source drivers. Therefore, their cards may soon become of interest to people who place free software as #1 priority.