Matthew Rosewarne on 13 Sep 2008 15:48:06 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Want Video Card Recommendation

On Saturday 13 September 2008, Christopher M. Jones wrote:
> Wisdom is to stick with nVidia. Their cards -are- better supported, the
> ATI drivers are generally considered way inferior to the proprietary
> nVidia drivers.

If possible, find a card that is supported by the ati or radeonhd free 
drivers.  The next version of radoeonhd will have proper DRI support, so for 
3D the FGLRX drivers can be used until it's released.

Bear in mind that your purchase now also affects the graphics card you buy, 
too.  If you reward NVidia for keeping its drivers closed, then it has little 
incentive to open them.  Getting an AMD card would instead be an incentive in 
favour of having open drivers.  While the purchase of one card is hardly going 
to change the fortunes of either company, it's the only real way you can have 
any effect on their behaviour.

> And if you ever get interested in running something like Linux MCE, then
> you'll -have- to have nVidia to get the gl support.

Most cards have OpenGL support, however DRI-based drivers (everything but 
fglrx or nvidia) are not currently capable of GL 2.0 features, such as 

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