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Old 07-31-2006, 05:01 AM   #1
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Buying a new graphic card. Open Source drivers.


Hi,

My current graphic card (nvidia GeForce 6600 GT) got broken and the warranty for it has expired, so I need to buy a new card, good enough to run 'Doom 3'. Any suggestions?

Also, I would like to know if there are any cards that have Open Source drivers, which support hardware acceleration.

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Old 07-31-2006, 05:31 AM   #2
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There are a few cards that have open source drivers, the good drivers are mostly 2D ones. There are open source drivers for ATI cards but I don't think they support the newer cards.

I don't get why people want open source everything on their computer? What is the benefit? While open source software is great, it has a place in the world as does proprietary software. Once thing cannot do everything, one ideal cannot cover everyone. Buy an Nvidia card and support the company that is at least putting back to the linux community. It mightn't be open source but at last check it was a better offering than the alternative.
 
Old 07-31-2006, 07:15 AM   #3
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I don't get why people want open source everything on their computer? What is the benefit? While open source software is great, it has a place in the world as does proprietary software. Once thing cannot do everything, one ideal cannot cover everyone. Buy an Nvidia card and support the company that is at least putting back to the linux community. It mightn't be open source but at last check it was a better offering than the alternative.
Perhaps he means "Linux drivers" and not "open source drivers" alot of people associate the 2 explicity when infact, they can exist independently of each other (for the most part). Having owned both an Nvidia and an ATI card, and operated them under Linux, i found nvidias drivers superior, and so i go wit hnvidia these days.

obviously the model depends on your budget/needs you dont fancy another 6600? they're really quite cheap these days. I have a 7800, more than capable of running doom 3, not a lot of places stock them anymore, they have gone down alot in price on ebay, or of course, there is the 7900/7950 but they'll probably be back shelfed after a week
 
Old 07-31-2006, 10:50 AM   #4
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Perhaps he means "Linux drivers" and not "open source drivers" alot of people associate the 2 explicity when infact, they can exist independently of each other (for the most part). Having owned both an Nvidia and an ATI card, and operated them under Linux, i found nvidias drivers superior, and so i go wit hnvidia these days.

obviously the model depends on your budget/needs you dont fancy another 6600? they're really quite cheap these days. I have a 7800, more than capable of running doom 3, not a lot of places stock them anymore, they have gone down alot in price on ebay, or of course, there is the 7900/7950 but they'll probably be back shelfed after a week
No, by open source driver I mean open source driver. And I was just asking if there is any open source drivers. I don't mind (much) on using closed source drivers... thou it would be great if there was a open source option. I guess there is a little RM inside me

I have never owned a ATI card (or atleast one that can use hardware acceleration), so I don't know much about their drivers. I have heard lots of horror stories about them. That's the reason why I bought the previous card (6600 GT) instead of ATI.

I don't even own Windows (not even a pirated copy), so the amount of games I can play is very small. There are games for Linux that need a powerful card, thou.
 
Old 07-31-2006, 11:51 AM   #5
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I must make a comment on this one:

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I don't get why people want open source everything on their computer? What is the benefit? While open source software is great, it has a place in the world as does proprietary software. Once thing cannot do everything, one ideal cannot cover everyone. Buy an Nvidia card and support the company that is at least putting back to the linux community. It mightn't be open source but at last check it was a better offering than the alternative.
Whilst agreeing that nNvidia has made some great efforts on the Linux side and has also accomplished clearly the best drivers available, the situation is not that clear, even if the more philosophical questions are leaved aside. Just to give an example: at the current situation some people may argue that the development of upstream open source projects is held back by (slow) development proprietary software or (and maybe more appropriately) that the development of various linux distributions is held back by one company.

I'm of course thinking of Xorg 7.1.

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Old 07-31-2006, 11:23 PM   #6
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Nvidia have been unusually slow on the uptake with Xorg 7.1 I'll agree there.
 
Old 07-31-2006, 11:26 PM   #7
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Nvidia have been unusually slow on the uptake with Xorg 7.1 I'll agree there.
thats one of the things thats keeping me back from upgrading my xorg
 
  


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