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Old 06-03-2004, 07:18 PM   #1
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grafic card chipsets

well I'm upgrading the computer (more like buying a whole new one and salvaging the drives from the old ) and i want the whole thing to have drivers that are open source

well does anyone know of what chip-sets have drivers that are open source in linux? (I'm guessing this rules out using ATI/Nivida)
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nvidia is closed source BUT their drivers for Linux i find aren't at all bad
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Although the drivers from ATI are not free (as in speech), there are free drivers for them that come with Xfree86 and the Linux kernel (for DRI). The open-source nv driver will work with NVidia cards but does not provide any acceleration. My experience with the NVidia drivers has been poor (untraceable GL crashes), but to their credit, their cards are fairly nice. I say it's a matter of principle. If you don't mind closed source drivers, go with NVidia, otherwise go with ATI.
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jspenguin: thx, looks like ill see if i can get an ATI one then
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The open-source drivers do not do 3d acceleration for the newer ATI cards though (up to Radeon 9000 I think).


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