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Old 11-18-2005, 07:19 AM   #1
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Videocards with OSS drivers

I'm browsing for new hardware for a combined Xen server/workstation, so I'll need decent video performance.
No gaming, but DVD playback is on my wishlist. 1600x1200 is a must.
Oh, I'd hate to loose framebuffering, but, oh well...

The problem with video on Xen is that the driver needs to be Xen-aware. This is not the case with closed-source drivers, which of cause cannot be made to work.

I may go for an Asrock 939DUAL-SATA2 mobo, as this will permit both AGP and PCIe video, and -may- work with upcoming socket M2 cpu's.

So, I can get by with a decent AGP8 card until some PCIe card has proper Xen-aware drivers. But which one? Matrox maybe?
No decent AGP or PCIe card I know of have OSS drivers, nor do I see evidence of any graphics manufacturer paying attention to Xen.

I'm at a loss here. Any pointers to decent OSS driver cards?
Old 11-20-2005, 07:50 PM   #2
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I am in a similar situation, and looking for a good quality video card that can work with Linux. I have read recently that many people are wanting to boycott nvidia until they release specs or an API so an Open Source driver can be written. In the past I know that Radian cards were a pain to configure and really didn't work. What else is there?


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