Originally Posted by rabidgnome229
If you're going linux it isn't fanboyism - it's straight up intelligence
Even though it is entirely possible to run linux w/beryl on ATi I urge people not to. If the vast majority of the linux community uses nvidia that gives ati much more incentive to be more linux friendly. It's a growing community that the (currently) foundering ATI/AMD really doesn't cater to at all. They do what they can to lose that market share :\\
I think it should be the other way around. There is no real money to be made on the open source community directly, so the big guys could care less if we use their cards or not. Why do you think nvidia is so popular in the Linux world? They gambled (initially) and once they saw the widespread acceptance of their cards the support followed. Very few Linux folk use ATI cards, and the ones that do only ***** and whine, and send threatening letters to AMD (I have read them) to "fix it or I buy nvidia", so AMD has little incentive to provide other than the minimal support. If more people started using them, then it would be a different story.
The way I see it, you can either use Linux and have a good time doing it, or you can attempt to improve it. There are more than a few daring folk out there that are constantly trying to improve the hardware compatibility of Linux. I have met people that use "blacklisted" hardware and constantly break their heads trying to make things work. These same people throw out petitions to hardware manufactures to let them know that "Hey, we Linux guys are using your stuff and want better support".
Edit: Developments such as Dell including Linux on their PCs are good on so many levels, since if successful, will urge hardware developers to increase their Linux support.