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August 13, 2006

Don’t buy ATI/AMD

Filed under: Uncategorized — ubuntudemon @ 10:40 am

This is my personal opinion.

Don’t buy ATI/AMD videocards because they are not going to open source their video drivers and because their proprietary video drivers aren’t very good.
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There are lots of people who have a lot of trouble to get ATI’s proprietary video drivers working properly. Check out the Video and Sound section on the ubuntuforums.

ATI :

Proprietary, patented optimizations are part of the value we provide to our customers and we have no plans to release these drivers to open source,” the company said in a statement. “In addition, multimedia elements such as content protection must not, by their very nature, be allowed to go open source.

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Here’s some information about why open source video drivers are important :
The Role of Binary Drivers in a Free OS

Intel’s attitude is much better :
Intel releases open source i965 drivers!

8 Comments »

  1. […] Don’t buy ATI/AMD […]

    Pingback by ubuntu_demon’s blog » The Role of Binary Drivers in a Free OS — August 13, 2006 @ 2:10 pm

  2. Nvidia doesn’t plan to open their drivers either. And Intel’s so called open source drivers have a binary only part (intel_hal.so) too. So what to buy?

    Comment by asimon — August 14, 2006 @ 9:27 am

  3. regarding the new intel driver:
    I’m not sure whether it would easily be possible to disable the binary part in the new intel driver. I hope it is. But at least intel is showing more effort (to go open) than ATI.

    regarding Nvidia driver :
    -it’s not open source
    -performance and quality seems quite good

    IMHO people should make their own choices. I just personally recommend to not buy ATI videocards.

    Comment by ubuntudemon — August 14, 2006 @ 5:17 pm

  4. I was wondering why nobody was proposing a boycott of all AMD products until they provide specs for they ATI chips.

    Comment by christophe — August 16, 2006 @ 4:33 pm

  5. AFAIK AMD and ATI haven’t merged yet because the take over still needs to be authorized.

    Comment by ubuntudemon — August 16, 2006 @ 5:58 pm

  6. […] There are less commercial games available for Linux then for Windows. If you want to play modern 3d games then you will need a proper videocard to support this. Nvidia supports its videocards in Linux reasonably well (although they don’t open source their drivers but that’s a different story). If you need a new videocard then don’t buy ATI/AMD videocards. […]

    Pingback by Ubuntu Demon’s blog » Gaming on Linux — August 18, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

  7. Sorry, people don’t buy videocards to play games on Linux. They buy it to play on Windows. There are more Windows users than Ubuntu Linux users.

    Comment by ThePCGamer — November 21, 2006 @ 10:22 pm

  8. ATI sucks not only for games but for all their support for linux drivers. Who believe to use a open system will have to avoid ATI cause it will cause only problems.
    Eg. DRI+composite will never works and nice things like compiz or beryl will never work.

    Comment by iwkse — April 6, 2007 @ 3:26 pm


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