On Wed, 2009-02-25 at 16:28 -0500, Daniel Dickinson wrote: > Hi, > > I'm looking at getting a video card, and I want to know what video card > that has 3D acceleration to get. Normally I'd ask on -users but as the > subject says I want to know what video cards will still have > acceleration when the non-free firmware is removed from the kernel, > which is supposed to happen for squeeze. > > I had heard that the ATI cards, which would normally be my first > choice, have non-free firmware in the driver, which may be removed. Is > this true, and if so what accelerated cards will have have acceleration > once non-free firmware is removed. [...] The firmware used for 3D acceleration in the r128 (ATI Rage 128), radeon (ATI Radeon) and mga (Matrox G200/G400/G550) drivers is non-free and will be moved from the linux-image packages into a new firmware-linux package starting with Linux 2.6.29. The free drivers for Intel and Nvidia graphics hardware should support 3D acceleration without the need for non-free firmware. I'm not sure that any of the free graphics drivers have great 3D performance though. Ben.
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