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Old 04-12-2010, 03:17 AM   #1
AleLinuxBSD
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High definition (720p or 1080p) playback on Linux & driver


Yesterday I have done some research and the situation don't seem much good for me.
Driver closed sourced
nVidia
173.14.25 (legacy) for Linux x86/x86_64 released
Release Date:
2010.03.19
Even legacy driver are updates for improved compatibility with recent Linux kernels.

Ati
R500 Mesa Is Still No Match To An Old Catalyst Driver
Quote:
AMD routinely drops support for older GPU generations from the ATI Catalyst.
I would like known if this situation happens even on nVidia.

Frequently Asked Questions about the ATI Proprietary Linux Driver
http://ati.amd.com/products/catalyst/linux.html
Quote:
Q1:
What features are provided by the ATI Proprietary Linux Driver?
A1:
The ATI Proprietary Linux driver currently provides hardware acceleration for 3D graphics and video playback. It also includes support for dual displays and TV Output.
AMD's UVD2-based XvBA Finally Does Something On Linux: despite what said the faq i have the impression that the support is partial and only on early stage.

Driver open source.
Intel
they are always open so i think there is a full support.
This user use these solution and obtain interesting result.
Drawback: poor performance respect the integrated graphics card ati and nvidia.
But the graphics on the series i5 is equivalent or better at the ati 790 g while the graphics on the series i3 is a little less better then this ati.

Ati
half-open but as the link said before with very poor performance even compared at proprietary solution from some years ago.

780G/HD 3200 and cpu friendly player/backend
The answer 3 said is necessary use the closed-source catalyst drivers.

Actually i can see 720p HD video at full screen without using the integrated graphic card ati (i use the standard Vesa ) and my athlon X2 4000+ occupy 120 % while i can't see smoothly video on 1080p HD.

In the future,on the next update hardware, I would like something that support HD playback on standard 720p and 1080p that use the graphic chipset (on board) but without using closed source driver.

I don't use 3d, i don't play game, my only need that require some power is playback some HD video (streaming video from youtube, etc, and in future i hope my video using a true camcorder).

I prefer avoid the use of closed sourced driver (also i haven't clear idea if even nVidia drop the support for older graphics after some time - i want use a pc how much i want, so if every time i update the system for new kernel and/or X Server i want that everything work fine and don't that after sometime the propertary driver aren't present so i must go back on Vesa driver).
So I would like known if the only solution is use an integrated chipset intel (despite i like better amd).

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