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  • m4rgin4l
    started a topic AMD/ATI lost another Linux customer

    AMD/ATI lost another Linux customer

    I was going through some old mails in my account and I realized that I bought my ATI HD4850 over a year ago, and it hit me: In this year I've never had decent support for my card in Linux. Neither the proprietary driver nor the OSS one managed to provide even a tiny fraction of the features I enjoyed when I was an NVIDIA user (or an Intel user).

    What drove me to buy an ATI card was the news that they were going to publish the specifications and I thought that maybe for once a manufacturer understood how to interact with the community and that they were actually going to make some positive change in the Linux driver scene. Right then, I earned an appearance on the cover of "Incredibly Naive People" magazine.

    After reading a couple of blog posts about how developers and users felt betrayed by the treatment Apple is giving them I realized I was in a similar position: I have a very good piece of hardware, but the company that makes it couldn't care less about me. I belong to a minority of people who actually enjoys having a choice in the matter of operating systems, and that makes me a LOUSY customer.

    After this horrible year, I now understand the reasons for ATI/AMD's decision: they can't (won't) support Linux so they'll handle the responsibility to the community. Let them carry the weight of developing and maintaining the drivers. I'm not judging the company's morals on this, it IS a corporation after all, and they can do whatever the hell they want with they're products and their drivers.

    NVIDIA won't be releasing their specifications anytime soon, but...guess what? It seems they actually give a crap about Linux users! Back when I was an NVIDIA customer, the longest time I went without support from their drivers was just a month (with the release of Fedora 8 or 9). On top of this, we now have Nouveau, that might not be in good shape yet, but if I was to switch to NVIDIA right now, I would have basically the same features I "enjoy" from the AMD/ATI hydra of drivers (catalyst, ati, radeonhd, etc.).

    So, this is me saying "Adios AMD", I won't get suckered again into your bullshit anytime soon.

  • nanonyme
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    Originally posted by energyman View Post
    btw, I think after his last couple of posts it is obvious that it would be better to ignore Mr Qaridarium until he had a chance to sleep off whatever he is suffering from.
    I'm actually starting to suspect he needs the power of whatever he's taking to even gather the courage to come to Phoronix forums since he seems to always be like that on every subject he comments about.

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  • AdrenalineJunky
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    Originally posted by energyman View Post
    btw, I think after his last couple of posts it is obvious that it would be better to ignore Mr Qaridarium until he had a chance to sleep off whatever he is suffering from.
    your probably right.

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  • energyman
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    btw, I think after his last couple of posts it is obvious that it would be better to ignore Mr Qaridarium until he had a chance to sleep off whatever he is suffering from.

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  • energyman
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    Originally posted by nanonyme View Post
    Hey, Ubuntu prefers Gnome too, they must be his enemy too then.
    well, ubuntu is just shit. And their patches do damage kde...

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  • Qaridarium
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    Originally posted by nanonyme View Post
    Apparently you have the same attitude towards radeon drivers too if you hate RH so much. :3
    if i can.. i always do not use the radeondriver yes---

    i only use it on an ubuntu9.10 test becourse catalyst do not work.

    in 1-2 years radeon will be nice but for gaming fglrx is much better.

    and no using fglrx on an amd cart is not killing opensource becourse amd put the specs out and pay devs for opendriver.

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  • AdrenalineJunky
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    Originally posted by Qaridarium View Post
    Yes! if a companie only melks the cow and makes more and more profit write a better opensource driver for less than nothing is a crime!

    becourse you also can build an opensource hartware with full support and opendesine.

    and full openspecs!

    i give a shit on nvidia!
    and all those people using nvidia cards, i'm sure we don't want any of them using linux, that would be horrible.

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  • nanonyme
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    Originally posted by Qaridarium View Post
    i give a shit on nvidia!
    Apparently you have the same attitude towards radeon drivers too if you hate RH so much. :3

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  • Qaridarium
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    Originally posted by AdrenalineJunky View Post
    writing better open source drivers is.... a BAD thing?
    you really expect anyone to believe that?
    Yes! if a companie only melks the cow and makes more and more profit write a better opensource driver for less than nothing is a crime!

    becourse you also can build an opensource hartware with full support and opendesine.

    and full openspecs!

    i give a shit on nvidia!

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  • nanonyme
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    Originally posted by AdrenalineJunky View Post
    lots of people disagree with you. and you can get fedora in a kde version as well, just because they prefer gnome does not make them evil, or your enemy. thats absurd.
    Hey, Ubuntu prefers Gnome too, they must be his enemy too then.

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