Casey Bralla on 22 Feb 2009 13:00:21 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] ATI Open Source Driver Status

Thanks for the good info, Chris.   You confirmed what I had thought to be the 

I assume you are using all the goofy 3D effects on KDE 4.2.  

How are you doing the dual monitors?  Dual Head or Xinerama?  Also, have you 
tried turning the display 90 degrees with RandR?

On Sunday 22 February 2009 3:16:22 pm Christopher Shanahan wrote:
> On Saturday 21 February 2009 14:17:59 Casey Bralla wrote:
> > I'm planning a video card purcahse soon.  I'd like to go with ATI due
> > to their better open source support (or at least, better open source
> > noises).
> >
> > The last I heard, ATI closed source drivers were superior to the open
> > source ones.
> >
> > Anybody have any opinions on them?
> As for ATI's driver, I've used it in the (recent) past but I find that
> the radeonhd driver does what I need very well so I have no need to
> compile ATI's driver myself or look for a binary package. I'm running a
> 64-bit OS so compiling ATI's driver isn't as straight forward as it is
> for a 32-bit environment. To do so I would have had to install a large
> number of 32-bit libraries on my 64-bit machine, and then deal with a
> number of additional package dependencies. Completely do-able, just not
> worth the trouble for me. Note that there is (now) a binary package
> available for openSUSE 11.1 64-bit, but it wasn't available when the
> OS was first released.
> I'm also running KDE v4.2 so when I purchased my ATI card I had to
> consider all the problems nvidia was having with their driver and KDE
> 4.x. And the open source nv driver isn't as far along as the open source
> radeonhd driver.


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