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Re: [SLUG] Prefered video card for Linux dual-head?
- To: Daniel Pittman <daniel@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Prefered video card for Linux dual-head?
- From: Dean Hamstead <dean@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 12:13:46 +1000
- Cc: slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
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I agree with open drivers,
but if you are going to go buy an $80 video card and use it right away.
The nvidia is the best option. Yes its a binary driver and no there isnt
source code, so yes it taints your kernel. But right now, today, nvidia
binary driver works the best.
So having installed your inexpensive video card and installed a binary
driver you can get on with work.
I am a long time ATI fan and felt dirty inside when i gave in and
started buying NVIDIA. however, as above, it works and works well and i
can get on with work whilst waiting for the drivers to open source. When
ATI drivers get solid, i will send my bucks to AMD for my video card
along with my bucks they are already getting for my CPUs.
Buying any video card is *never* an investment. You are always just
putting a lighter to your money.
Daniel Pittman wrote:
Masood <masoodbeh@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
I have a NVIDIA 8500 on my Hardy and it works fine in dual-monitor
mode. I hate the fact the driver is proprietary but so is AMD's.
AMD / ATI have released the specifications for their cards, including 3D
support, which puts them back in the position they were in some years
ago. While you probably still want the binary ATI driver for cutting
edge hardware today you can expect, probably within the year, that you
will be using a solid and stable open source ATI driver.
You cannot expect the same thing with NVIDIA, despite the amazing
efforts of the Renouveau project to reverse engineer their hardware.
Unless you have a *very* compelling reason today an ATI card is a vastly
better investment and will support companies who are responsive to the
open source community (ATI and AMD) rather than, well, NVIDIA.