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Old 02-27-2006, 05:41 AM   #1
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Graphics card with libre drivers, cooperating vendor?

Hi all.

I'm growing sick and tired of the missing libre drivers for my nvidia card--true, there are libre drivers, but playing supertux w. OpenGL, or playing planet penguin racer (formerly tuxracer)at all, is just impossible (as is playing glTron at non-stinking resolutions and detail levels). Also, the supertux developers plan to shaft me (and a lot of other people) in milestone 2 by moving to OpenGL-only. Meanwhile, I drool at the screenshots of VegaStrike, yet it's so slow I have to press C-M-F2 and kill -9 it.

So, instead of just complaining a lot, I figured I'd better do something about it.

So, what I want from you, my dear reader, is answers (questions asked in order of importance):
  • Which graphics cards have libre drivers?
  • Which of those are good enough to play VegaStrike? To play Planet Penguin Racer?
  • Which of those are produced by companies (or individuals) who cooperate with the free software community in creating the free driver? Note that cooperation can take many form--one form is not actively trying to stop us, another form is releasing the spec, a third form is actually writing code.

Thanks for your attention --Jonas

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Old 02-27-2006, 06:41 AM   #2
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There is this :

I think there is still a lot of work to do for optimization and 3d/2d extended support. But its a very good idea.
Old 02-27-2006, 09:02 AM   #3
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Thanks, nx5000. However, what I actually wanted (sorry for not saying that up front) is a 90%-Right-Now solution, instead of a 100%-In-A-Few-Years solution. I heard that the free drivers for ATI cards are generally good enough--can anyone confirm this? Can anyone run vegastrike with ATI? (I use vegastrike as an example, because I think it requires just about everything I'll need for the forseeable future--at least it's slow enough to make me believe that )
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I know this is an old thread but I'm in a similar situation now. I would like to run Xgl/Compiz but my video cards are too old (I've got an Ati Rage 128 and an Nvidia Geforce 32MB ).

Now I thought I'd buy a used graphics card (I'm willing to spend up to 40 USD), but have no clue which one to get. The Gentoo wiki has a list of supported video cards. The question is: which one will allow me to run Xgl with free/open source drivers?


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