Originally Posted by TheLAWNOOB
Let's sit down and think for a moment.
I can't use Ubuntu because it has terrible GPU and wireless adaptor drivers.
What OS will have the best drivers and the best support? Of course an operating system that everybody uses.
Or, it would make more sense to switch to Mac OS X, which I never used before just for fun
I was going to come in here and offer assitance but you k now what - with that attitude go ahead; just go try installing OS X to tinker with, if your level of patience learning something NEW
is this short I'm sure you'll have plenty of success there as well.
In reference to the bolded text above from your post:
Closed source driver quality reflects on the quality of the operating system and it's developers absolutely none. The reason the ATi drivers in Ubuntu's (as well as every other distro) suck the way they do is because ATi has failed to put forth the effort to develop a proper set of drivers. AMD shifted things in the right direction a bit but they still aren't well enough developed to be on par with your expectations; Valve putting out Steam for Linux is another step in the right direction and they are working with ATi and nVidia to fix these problems. Furthermore - you can't expect anyone to be able to help you with the level of detail in your original post. If you want additional assistance (Which I doubt you'll have the patience to execute) We'll need more information:
How did you install the ATi drivers - did you pull the insaller from ATi's website and install them that way (Like you would on Windows) or did you get the drivers properly packaged from your distributions repositories (I.E. Ubuntu's "Jockey" driver utility or via the software management utility") From there: what is the output of "fglrxinfo" in a terminal? What is the output of "glxinfo" in a terminal? Particular lines in these outputs will be useful in determining whether or not the drivers are even properly working.
On to your wireless, what wireless card specifically do you have? What is the output of "lsmod" in a terminal? The second command will allow us to tell what specific driver module is being run currently - which is really only useful in the case of a broadcom chip as they have two seperate drivers: One closed and one open source.
Anyways - if you are willing to LEARN something new - feel free to come around here we don't bite and we're happy to offer up advice and knowledge as well as troubleshoot alongside you. But if you come into Linux land expecting to automatically have everything be as easy as it was for you running Windows or Mac. You are seasoned and experienced on the use and configuration of your home operating system. Things are going to be alien to you here, its only natural.
I suspect your framerate issue is just a configuration problem. Probably nothing big, either. Luckily with Linux we have proper troubleshooting tools available to precisely pinpoint the source of a problem.