The non-evil graphics card
Christopher Halse Rogers
chalserogers at gmail.com
Wed Jun 25 07:07:05 UTC 2008
On 6/25/08, Markus Hitter <mah at jump-ing.de> wrote:
> Hello all,
> probably some of you already read that statement of kernel developers
> about the opening of graphics drivers: <https://
> Currently I'm using Intel's integrated graphics (G965, G31), but I'm
> about to upgrade to a "real" graphics card.
> Which vendor should I prefer (or stay with the G31) in order to
> support proper open source graphics drivers? Is there a
> contraindication if I want to use CUDA-like technologies (I'm doing
> FEA, CFD) ?
For high-performance graphics cards you're pretty much limited to ATI
or nVidia. This makes the choice nice and easy: ATI/AMD have released
specs, and employ at least one Xorg developer. nVidia have done
neither, and (unsurprisingly) haven't responded to nouveau's
request(s) for documentation.
You still won't get a performant open source 3D driver out of the box
with an ATI card, at least not yet. But you'll stand a better chance
of getting one with ATI.
CUDA is an nVidia-specific technology IIRC, but I believe there's an
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