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Dell knows it won't happen overnight, but along side wanting to ship audio/video codecs, Intel Wireless 80.211N support for Linux, Broadcom Wireless for Linux, and being able to ship notebooks and desktops with Compiz Fusion enabled, Dell would like to see improved ATI Linux drivers. At Ubuntu Live 2007, Amit Bhutani had a session on Ubuntu Linux for Dell Consumer Systems, where he had shared a slide with Dell's "area of investigation", which Amit had said is essentially their Linux road-map. Amit had also stated that the NVIDIA 2D and 3D video drivers were "challenges in platform enablement". Dell wants to offer ATI Linux systems, but first the driver must be improved for the Linux platform (not necessarily open-source, but improved). Dell currently ships desktop Linux systems with Intel using their open-source drivers as well as NVIDIA graphics processors under Linux. Amit had went on to add that new Dell product offerings and availability in other countries will come later this summer.
with dell pressuring AMD/ATI we might see some drivers for ATI cards
http://www.phoronix.com/?page=news_item&px=NTkxOA
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You need a source link... Very interesting though.
    
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This is good news, ATI's linux drivers are getting better though so this is just great

Please provide a source link too.
    
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Hopefully Dell is the final push to better drivers!
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Dell does something good?!

Ahh, the world is ending.. Why can't Dell get a coding team together and develop some drivers?
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I don't think we will be seeing a real improvements in ATI's Linux drivers until their Vista drivers are where their XP drivers are at.
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Why should Dell pay their own people to make drivers when they can just threaten to stop business with ATI unless they do (not what the article said but kind of implies it in the future). Plus, as many of you hate Dell so much, would you really want them making your drivers?
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Because all Dell can do is reverse-engineer ATI's drivers, as ATI refuses to share the source code for their drivers.
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Once they get official x1950 drivers... then I'll be happy.
    
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Last I checked, anything with an X didn't work well...
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