Don't buy AMD products (was Re: Xorg and ATI card query.)

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at
Wed Mar 14 01:45:01 UTC 2007

On Mar 13, 2007, at 4:43 PM, Andrew Reilly wrote:

> On Tue, 13 Mar 2007 14:17:00 -0800 (PST)
> Doug Ambrisko <ambrisko at> wrote:
>> One thing that is a plus with nv is that X has some support for it,
>> whereas, the newer ati cards have no support :-(  I was a fan of ati
>> since it was easier to get support.  Now I'm starting to lean towards
>> Nvidia :-(
> Does anyone know if there are *any* contemporary graphics cards
> that have 3D acceleration supported by some flavour of
> open-source  Doesn't have to be a super-fast 'leet gamer
> system to be better than a non-accelerated frame buffer.
> Matrox used to have a reputation for goodness (I used to have a
> G400 or the like), but it's been a long time...
> (I'm currently using a lowish-end NVidia card under the nv
> driver, but it has issues (of which no 3D accel is but one...)
> Cheers,
> --  
> Andrew

Crud.. should have known that ATI would close the majority of their  
source / specs once AMD bought them up. The funny thing is that in  
the past ATI was very open-source friendly I heard, and better than  
nVidia. That may soon change now.

Having owned 2 nVidia cards and using them with unix though, I don't  
see why people are having such a hard time getting the proprietary  
drivers running. Then again I don't use their bleeding edge cards, so  
I can't say how well those are supported under freebsd with their  


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