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 3 of 5. 70 Comments.

An overwhelming majority of Linux users simply use the video drivers provided by their Linux distribution or a package repository for that operating system. A total of 69% of the respondents acquire their drivers this way while 18% do so through their vendor's web-site in the case of the proprietary AMD/NVIDIA drivers. Only about 5% users are building from Git snapshots.

The majority of the Phoronix respondents are using X.Org Server 1.7 (found in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, etc) while just slightly less are running X.Org Server 1.8 (found in Fedora 13, etc). To some surprise, 21% of the respondents claim to be using X.Org Server 1.9, which was only released one month ago. Fortunately, the number of users still using an X.Org Server older than the 1.7 release is very small.

Using multiple display heads and GPU power saving modes are much more popular than TV-Out or output hot-plugging.

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