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bridgman is right. Nvidia's 71xx series of proprietary drivers have long since stopped support for the latest Xservers. This means old cards circa Geforce 2 don't work. If it weren't for nouveau, these cards would be nigh useless with the latest distros. Now the same slow/dropped support is happening with the 96xx series of drivers.
At least with ATI, OSS drivers will ensure that your card doesn't turn into a useless brick. Gallium3D and KMS support means that your card will take advantage of hardware acceleration on video, SVG, OpenCL, and other yet undefined future standards. I'm very satisfied with everything ATI has done.
You do? What if your card is older than R300? There seems to be 'uncertain' support in older ATI cards. I thought Ubuntu was one of the 'supported' distros. How come you can't boot up in 9.10 with a Radeon 9000 (RV250) card? You have to become a developer and edit xorg.conf to obtain 3D. Else, you have to disable 3D (Desktop Effects). Karmic is the latest release so the choices are: 1) edit xorg.conf and hope you can figure out what settings are needed; 2)install latest Ubuntu version (Alpha) and deal with any bugs; 3)switch to a different distro and pray it works; 4)Install an older release
Is that supposed to indicate support? That you could try a bunch of configurations until you find one that works?!?
At least, the comparative Nvidia cards work when the driver is installed correctly and the support is consistent.
You do? What if your card is older than R300? There seems to be 'uncertain' support in older ATI cards. I thought Ubuntu was one of the 'supported' distros. How come you can't boot up in 9.10 with a Radeon 9000 (RV250) card?
because that is a bug in Ubuntu 9.10, smart ass? As you might have found out instead of complaining, the OSS driver stack is being rewritten right now. And rewriting stuff always itroduces bugs. I think Ubuntu 8.04 was the last version which had purley the old school stack, so try that...
Another thread, same story: I use Debian Lenny, catalyst still works for my X1600 mobility, temperature and fan are a lot better than any recent linux distribution with open source drivers. I wouldn't need any performance for my driver, only low power usage. I'm sure one day I'll get it from the open source driver, but until then it's Lenny for me! Not everybody needs the newest and greatest (and most unstable )
I'd like to see some benchmark results. On my NC8430 laptop I could use as a temperature proxy the ACPI fan speed, which was 55% on fglrx, 70% on "old" open driver (with DynamicClocks) and 80% on first KMS efforts, after which I have stayed away from new distributions...
Looks like the power management code went in after the 6.12 branch was created (the branch is based on 6.12.2), so you won't have that code in 6.12.4 either. Check to see if your distro has a package available to give you a newer version of the driver built from master rather than the 6.12 branch.