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Re: ATI Linux Driver Packages

On Mon, Jun 02, 2003 at 05:34:57PM +1000, Daniel Stone wrote:
> On Sun, 1 Jun 2003 23:16:12 -0500, Adam Majer wrote:
> > On Sun, Jun 01, 2003 at 09:42:10PM -0500, Chris Cheney wrote:
> > > Are these drivers much better then than XFree ones or is there a reason
> > > to be promoting nonfree drivers? I orginally packaged up the nvidia ones
> > > in the way they are done due to the fact the XFree ones had no 3d
> > > acceleration at all and that it was illegal to distribute nvidia's
> > > binaries directly.  Also binary only drivers will taint the kernel and
> > > can cause the user to have trouble getting help with kernel related
> > > issues. I got rid of my nvidia cards (some poor sucker took them) and
> > > now use only ATI cards. 8)
> > 
> > I think you might be the "sucker". :) [ok, it's not a flame thing].
> > Does the radeon driver support 3D accel for cards beyond the R1xx level?
> > ie. something like Radeon 7500. I don't think that Radeon 8500, 8800, etc..a
> > are supported since they use the former FireGL GPU. The drivers from
> > ATI fill the gap to support FireGL, and yes they are better. They
> > can be used with Maya etc.. [at least it says that on ATI's site.]
> 3D acceleration exists for r[12]xx and r250; I'm not sure whether it
> exists for the rv280. Indeed, it's in the stock XFree86 4.3 debs
> previously distributed by myself, now distributed by the XSF.

As i understand it, the rv280 is just an rv250 with agpx8 support. As
such it should be supported without problems. Maybe you would have to
fake pci ids though.


Sven Luther

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