ATI vs NVIDIA: support on linux?
S, I've been doing some looking around on the general issues of ATI vs. NVIDIA for linux. I'm buying a new laptop, and obviously want to maximize linux compatibility.
Here's what I've understood so far. For the people who know: is my understanding right?
ATI has open source drivers, but they're kind of spotty. Also, ATI relies on the vendors to provide drivers, so if the company selling the laptop doesn't provide linux drivers, you're out of luck.
NVIDIA doesn't have open source drivers, but their closed source drivers provide good linux support. They provide drivers directly, rather than relying on the laptop vendor, so chances of linux support are better.
Anybody else have experience/knowledge in this area? I'm looking to do things like 3D gaming, video editing, playing back HD online video, possibly even some graphics rendering if I decide to pick that up...
Most of the laptops I'm looking at either have the NVIDIA GT425M or the ATI HD5730.