[Ubuntu-gaming] AMD/ATI vs NVIDIA vs Intel

Danny Piccirillo danny.piccirillo at ubuntu.com
Mon Jun 22 00:21:37 UTC 2009

Thanks, this is exactly what i was looking for. Mostly because i think that
System76 <http://www.system76.com> should start moving away from Intel and
NVIDIA and towards AMD/ATI<http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1063323>

On Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 20:13, Arc Riley <arcriley at ubuntu.com> wrote:

> ATI did produce some pretty horrendous proprietary drivers for Linux, and
> many people incorrectly carry that over to today.
> AMD purchased them and much has changed.  All the driver specs have been
> released and, along with Redhat and Novell, there's good support for almost
> all of their chipsets now.  They even released specs for their latest
> chipset line, re-affirming their commitment to doing so.
> The free drivers produced from this have been going through evolutionary
> leaps every few months, we're seeing all sorts of shader support added to
> the older chipsets.  I've not found a single Radeon card recently that
> wasn't supported, even a client's crappy old IGP Radeon in a laptop I
> recently worked on worked great with Compiz and the games I tried it with.
> While it's great that Ubuntu supports people with nVidia cards, there
> should really be a more unified "Don't buy nVidia" message being delivered
> to Ubuntu users.  Their drivers need to be updated for every kernel version,
> if they don't update them in time any Ubuntu release could be left having to
> use an older kernel or loose support for nVidia users, not to mention the
> ethical issues of deppending on proprietary software for such a core OS
> function as graphic support.
> Relying on nVidia's continued support for Ubuntu is neither sustainable nor
> in the spirit of Ubuntu.
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