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Re: VGA cards

On 2009-12-14 13:28 +0100, Camaleón wrote:

> On Mon, 14 Dec 2009 13:17:59 +0100, Sven Joachim wrote:
>> Be sure to avoid Nvidia graphics cards then.  
> Why?
> There is "nv" driver (2D) and soon it will be "nouveau" (2D+3D) driver 
> available. Both are open source.

The nv driver is heavily obfuscated¹ and, perhaps more importantly, it
lacks some very basic features.  Nouveau should solve these problems,
but it won't make it into sid before the squeeze release.  It also has
the big problem that, on GeForce 6 and newer, it needs to upload a
firmware blob into the GPU.  That blob is taken out from the closed
source driver and probably undistributable, although Nvidia has promised
not to take legal action.

>> The best bet is probably
>> to use Intel graphics, *except* GMA500¹.  
> IIRC, some Intel cards were having *very* ugly problems with xorg (EXA/
> UXA issue) not so long ago...

Yes, but with kernels >= and xserver-xorg-video-intel >= 2.8
these problems should be gone.  I am very happy with the Intel graphics
on my laptop now.


¹ http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=383465

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