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  • phoronix
    started a topic Open-Source ATI Rage 128 Driver Gets Revived

    Open-Source ATI Rage 128 Driver Gets Revived

    Phoronix: Open-Source ATI Rage 128 Driver Gets Revived

    The open-source X.Org driver for the ancient ATI Rage 128 graphics processors has been revived in recent months...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTY4MjM

  • DrYak
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    Originally posted by stiiixy View Post
    I'm still enjoying my P3 1000MHz (IBM NetVista, damn I miss the IBM's) CPU for my firewall. Well, when I get my fibre connection installed in October *whistling dixie for 5 months*
    And the P3 probably still does an acceptable job as a firewall and (as it's an old/slow tech) doesn't eat that much power (even if its on a larger process).
    You can't easily swap it for a modern low-power CPU, simply because they use completely different architectures (Intel Atom or even some ARM), you would need to replace the whole machine.

    The Rage driver makes exactly the same sense.
    There are lots of people stuck with old server motherboard, where kernel upgrade DO make sens (security fixes, faster/better filesystems, etc.), but where hardware upgrades aren't easy (the Rage chip is soldered on the mobo. No way to replace it with something better supported), and where the limited capabilities aren't problematic (it's a server. modesetting is all you need. it doesn't matter that it's still old-school fixed pipeline GPU [no way to work with shader-oriented Galium], nobody is going to play the latest games on this hardware).

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  • gilboa
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    Originally posted by sireangelus View Post
    this is why i hate Linux.. can't this sireangelus find something more useful to do with his time, instead of ranting in some random forums?
    There. Fixed it for you.

    (Beyond the obvious that many people, including myself, still have Rage based laptops and servers)...

    - Gilboa
    Last edited by gilboa; 05-07-2014, 07:29 AM.

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  • enfocomp
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    Great to see legacy support continued on Linux. I love how you can revive an old, "outdated Windows PC" and still use it with an up to date lightweight Linux distro.

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  • stiiixy
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    Originally posted by DanL View Post
    Then what the fsck are you doing on this site? Trolling?


    The Rage chips lived a fairly long life as server products, so modesetting support for them is something people actually use. In addition, the dev is probably learning a good bit from the experience and may use that knowledge in a future project. Of course, I'm sure he'll seek your approval for the next project he works on...
    Both your points hit the core in my opinion =D Old gear isn't useless. If it works, why stop using it? Not to mention it's a gateway to the past. And then if this guy is writing code to learn, and everyone benefits, 'wow!'. People can learn stuff with it still.

    That's why I love GNU/Linux!

    The tired old mantra upgrade upgrade upgrade because the new stuff is faster and more betterer is for Windows Weenies (MS did well to make people buy new nard), and thank fsck it's disappearing finally. EVERYONE I talk to alway talks about the hassle of upgrading (then they do the same with their phones anyway, they have the upgraders itch!), despite never actually having channed their usage in ten years ie internet for email, youtube, resume etc.

    I'm still enjoying my P3 1000MHz (IBM NetVista, damn I miss the IBM's) CPU for my firewall. Well, when I get my fibre connection installed in October *whistling dixie for 5 months*

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  • ungutknut
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    What a great coincidence... my fathers PC runs on a Rage 128 and he's still using WinXP. I was up to upgrade that machine to Xubuntu anyway - so that old driver comes just in time.

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  • wdb974
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    Originally posted by A Laggy Grunt View Post
    I know someone who still likes to use iBook G4s, which also use this chipset.

    Nitpick: I don't think there was ever a 64MB version of Rage 128. I think it was more like 8/16MB (the iBook has 8).
    Actually, there was a 64 MB version, A.K.A. the Rage 128 Ultra.

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  • Espionage724
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    Originally posted by sireangelus View Post
    this is why i hate Linux.. can't this man find something more useful to do with is time, like working on products that people actually use?
    I actually use a Rage 128 in my mom's old desktop.

    I really don't know if it's related to the driver or what, but recent versions of (L)ubuntu would start to a black screen and nothing further. I know the onboard Intel 845 chip I have works, but the port went bad, so I fell back to that Rage 128 GPU. I ended up just throwing Windows XP onto it and forgetting about it, but now I might be able to give Linux another go at some point

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  • A Laggy Grunt
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    I know someone who still likes to use iBook G4s, which also use this chipset.

    Nitpick: I don't think there was ever a 64MB version of Rage 128. I think it was more like 8/16MB (the iBook has 8).

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  • benmoran
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    I have an old Pentium 3/m Thinkpad with a Rage 128 at the office, and Its perfectly usable except for lack of compositing support. It's nice to see this getting worked on.

    Those old machines still work great if you throw an extra GB of RAM in them, and run an appropriate distro.

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