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Nvidia vs. ATI on GNU/Linux

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If I were to buy a graphics card which one would I be better off considering that I want free (non-proprietary) drivers that would work OK, ATI or Nvidia?

I know there are official Nvidia drivers put out by Nvidia itself, but they are proprietary. What's the story with ATI?

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An old Radeon with the r200 GPU, like a Raedon 9100 (what I have) is best no doubt. DRI (part of X) has good 3D acceleration for it, and since it's free software, it should be included in distro installs.

However when the Open Graphics Project has a decent card Imma get it.

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Heh, that might even be the best choice. The old card would not cost too much and if it's supported natively I think I'd be pretty good off with it.

And of course, the Open Graphics Card, whenever it becomes available overhere would be even better..

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"a thing" wrote:

However when the Open Graphics Project has a decent card Imma get it.

Or perhaps when they have any card at all Eye

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I would say anything by SiS, so far, ( well pine graphics cards, same thing) I have had 3d acceleration just with X, because of DRI ( I think), and it isnt that bad, only £30, or $50 brand new.

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Graphics chips by SiS and savage seem to be all over cheap motherboards these days. I've got two computers inhouse and one has SiS and the other (this one) Savage.

All those are nice and some 3D games can actually work pretty well, but those aren't comparable to Nvidia and ATI and won't be enough for some high-end 3D games.

But then again, not everyone needs and plays such games so these might just be best choices for those. I'm not in a hurry for alot stronger graphics card either actually.

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My personal experience so far with graphics cards isn't much but when it comes to getting the right driver from the ATI site, expect headaches. Grr.

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free drivers for ati r300 is already work-in-progress. See http://r300.sourceforge.net for details

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