On Sunday 12 February 2012 11:23:02 pm /dev/ammo42 wrote:
> On Sun, 12 Feb 2012 23:09:18 -0500
> Kristopher John Gamrat <chaotickjg@...> wrote:
> > I hope it's not "required", but sure would be a great feature if they
> > made it "optional". Not all graphics cards have good drivers that
> > enable the hardware accelerations, and not every Linux user will want
> > to use proprietary ATI/AMD or nVidia cards (I've not checked the
> > status of the nouveau driver (nor do I care since I'm not an nVidia
> > user), and I'm not aware of a similar project for ATI/AMD cards).
> There is a FOSS radeon driver for which some developers at AMD are paid
> to work on it, and on my experience it works OK both for light 3D games
> and KDE4 compositing (even better than AMD proprietary driver for the
> latter). And compared to Intel drivers I've almost never seen it crash.
I'm using an Intel card right now (same one since December 2009) with the FOSS Intel driver. I've never seen any crash cause by the driver, all crashes thus far were either a glitch in some program that overloaded my CPU, or from overheating (though this usually leads to a kernel panic rather than an X.org crash).
Of course, I rarely run anything that requires 3D acceleration.
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