A First Look At The 2010 Linux Graphics Survey Results

Written by Michael Larabel in Software on 13 September 2010 at 02:00 AM EDT. Page 2 of 5. 70 Comments.

In terms of what graphics card brands are most popular or common on Linux is always an interesting question in our annual survey. Of Phoronix readers, NVIDIA commands 38.1% of the GPU market, ATI/AMD controls 35.4%, Intel handles 23.8%, VIA takes just over 1%, and the other vendors each take less than 1%. Compared to our 2009 Phoronix results, NVIDIA's market-share decreased a bit from 40% while ATI/AMD increased from 33% and Intel is right around the same at 24~25%. In 2008, NVIDIA's market-share was at around 40% too while Intel increased the most from 2008 to 2009.

In terms of the video drivers in use, the results are somewhat interesting. For those with NVIDIA hardware, only about 5% are using the open-source Nouveau driver stack while practically all the rest are using the proprietary driver. Nouveau handling about 5% of NVIDIA Linux users right now is somewhat impressive seeing as their KMS/DRM code was only merged into the mainline Linux kernel earlier this year and most Linux distributions aren't even shipping the Nouveau Gallium3D driver yet. The open-source ATI driver stack continues to be increasingly popular with Linux users with there being more Phoronix readers using the open-source driver than there are using the proprietary Catalyst driver. While most are using the xf86-video-ati DDX, the deceased RadeonHD driver still is found on about 4% of the Linux installations. Between the VIA drivers for the ~1% of Linux users stuck with such hardware, OpenChrome is the most popular driver. Sadly, 1.5% of Linux users are still using the VESA X.Org driver for whatever reason.

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