Re: amd64 and video card experiences?
On Aug 21, 2004, at 7:28 PM, Marcelo E. Magallon wrote:
On Mon, Aug 16, 2004 at 12:01:39AM +0100, Hugo Mills wrote:
I have an ATi Radeon 9600 Pro. It works (in the sense that I can
get X running acceptably). 2D works; 3D is unsupported. There are no
64-bit capable drivers for the 3D parts of the card for linux yet.
ATi are being completely uncommunicative on the subject, and I'm
starting to regret buying the card, after having been a happy ATi
customer for many years.
ATI treats the Linux community like crap (which is very sad, because
the Linux community used to be very supportive of ATI). Some months
ago (March maybe) someone from ATI, which I'm not allowed to name,
a Linux driver for Opteron systems was under development, and I was
to understand that it would be unwise to hold your breath waiting for
it to be available. This driver would be of course binary-only.
ATI does treat us like crap. Their binaries drivers have gotten worse
with each of the previous ten or so revisions. I recommend avoiding
So, if you want current-generation hardware you have no choice but
NVIDIA, which is available now and works. They provide binary-only
drivers, but if you ask the right people and do it nicely, you can
get a reaction and with a bit of luck, a reply. NVIDIA does staff
and/or fund a certain number of people for doing Linux development.
They have been hit repeatedly with a cluebat and they are getting
better at it.
I recently shoved an Asus V9520 (a GeForce 5200 card) into an Athlon 64
machine running Debian. As far as I can tell, after scouring the
internet for related information, this is pretty nearly the only card
you can get with working dual DVI outputs on 64-bit Linux. After
struggling with non-working ATI dual digital outputs for years, I am so
happy to have this working (finally).
I use NVidia's revision 6111 drivers for amd64, but they don't install
properly. They are able to delete the standard GL libraries but they
can't install the NVidia-supplied copy. Oh well, I don't care for 3D
I do have to wonder why they continue to support Red Hat so strongly.
Of all the Linux users I know, and especially the developers, not a
single person uses Red Hat Linux on a desktop machine. Yet, NVidia and
most other 3rd-party software vendors continue to support Red Hat
exclusively. I wonder when they will get a clue in this department?