ATI Radeon 9250, should I buy?
I am planning on buying ATI Radeon 9250 or 9250SE for some time now, and will probably do it this week. However, I am getting mixed opinions about this. Lately, a few people I talked to advised me not to buy ATI because it sucks on GNU/Linux. However, I checked to which series does 9250 belong and it is R200 for which there are stable working Free Software drivers.
In addition, some people, like a_thing here, are using a 9xxx ATI card with R200 drivers succesfully (well, he can play Nexuiz apparently ).
So I am left wondering maybe these guys who recommended against ATI simply haven't tried the free drivers yet and have only ran newer cards with proprietary drivers (which suck as I hear) which is why they feel so bad about ATI.
Something tells me Radeon 9250, if it is R200, should work just fine with free R200 drivers. And the card has specs which are powerful enough for my needs while in a price range I can afford at this point. With this card I can finally put to use my other monitor (the primary will be connected to ATI and the second monitor to the onboard plug), use some cool 3D applications like Celestia and of course play an occassional cool 3D game without a hitch. This would also be the first video card that I bought ever. I was always on onboard chips.
So, what do you think? Does anyone have this card? How does it work? What is your advice?
Thank you very much