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[Rapidly drifting OT] Re: Direct rendering: No

On Tue, 6 Jul 2004, David S. Miller wrote:

> Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004 15:38:28 -0700
> From: David S. Miller <davem@redhat.com>
> To: JLB <jlb@twu.net>
> Cc: erwann.abalea@certplus.com, debian-sparc@lists.debian.org
> Subject: Re: Direct rendering: No
> On Tue, 6 Jul 2004 17:51:15 -0400 (EDT)
> JLB <jlb@twu.net> wrote:
> > Also, the only good ATI drivers are closed-source and x86-only. Some of us
> > care about such things.
> Not true, the xfree86 and x11.org ATI drivers support the 7500
> and similar families with full OpenGL acceleration.  I know because
> this is what I used to play quake3 on my Athlon for a long time.

I meant "ATI drivers for -current- ATI cards". Sorry.

> > "Well, we turned off all accelerated 3D support so you can have pretty
> > fonts, without giving you a choice as to which you find a higher priority;
> > if you don't like it, spend 3.5 kilodollars on some fancy-schmantzy Sun
> > hardware AND write your own drivers, or just switch to x86."
> You are going to complain about free development?  Where are
> your coding contributions to the xfree86 support of the creator3d
> driver?

I would if I could. That sort of thing isn't within the realm of my

> > Frankly, I'd rather have accelerated 3D than pretty fonts.
> It sounds like it would be worth your while to work on the creator3d
> xfree86 driver to get the DRM support operational again.  It would
> be an excellent and welcomed contribution on your part.
> I look forward to seeing your work.

I'm a sysadmin, not a driver hacker. Evidently, my opinion is worth less
(or worthless?) because I haven't the foggiest clue how to write or alter
a video driver?

J. L. Blank, Systems Administrator, twu.net
Please avoid sending me Word, Excel or PowerPoint attachments.
See http://www.fsf.org/philosophy/no-word-attachments.html

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