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Last week we exclusively shared the steps AMD was taking to make an evolutionary leap in Linux support with same-day support for their brand-new Radeon HD 4800 series, Linux drivers shipping on the product CD, some manufacturers showcasing Tux on the product packaging, and their proprietary Linux driver reaching a feature parity with their Windows driver. We had also shared that the Radeon HD 4850 works with open-source xf86-video-ati driver since day one. Now that we have had time to complete testing of the Radeon HD 4850, today we are sharing the first Linux results from this brand-new ATI graphics processor...
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Well at least its supported? Drivers are horrible thus far in Linux
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Most of the optimizations are for DX, since that is were the money is. OpenGL will come soon. For most of their cards up to the HD38xx series, performance differences between the Windows and Linux is about 5-20% depending on the application, so expect some big jumps in the next couple of driver releases. Still, having perfect 2D and working 3D from day one out of a binary driver in Linux is very good.
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unfortunately, ATI + linux just sucks in general. Especially 3d acceleration.
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unfortunately, ATI + linux just sucks in general. Especially 3d acceleration.
Not true. As I said, up to the HD3xxx cards, 3D performance is 5-20% below the Windows driver on average, and since both driver sets now share documentation, progress in Windows means automatic progress in Linux (openGL specs at least). Even better yet, fglrx now has better 2D performance than the nvidia binary.
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I used have ubuntu on my sig rig, but I found the drivers for 2xxx cards are pretty buggy. I had random artifacts in basic 3d apps, flickering when compiz is enabled in video playback, no 3d apps in wine would work whatsoever. Not sure if its my noobish linux skills or bad drivers.
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I used have ubuntu on my sig rig, but I found the drivers for 2xxx cards are pretty buggy. I had random artifacts in basic 3d apps, flickering when compiz is enabled in video playback, no 3d apps in wine would work whatsoever. Not sure if its my noobish linux skills or bad drivers.
It's fairly common knowledge than Linux and ATI have not done well in the past (which is also the only reason I don't run Linux), but this article is about the present and future of ATI and Linux working together on the new HD4k series (and probably everything else in the future).
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I used have ubuntu on my sig rig, but I found the drivers for 2xxx cards are pretty buggy. I had random artifacts in basic 3d apps, flickering when compiz is enabled in video playback, no 3d apps in wine would work whatsoever. Not sure if its my noobish linux skills or bad drivers.
They're pretty good actually. Starting with the 8.3s support for HD2xxx cards has been very good. Starting with 8.6 you can now use Compiz and play Xv/OGL accelerated videos and play games, as long as they're in fullscreen. The flickering happens everywhere and won't go away until DRI2 hits the mainstream, which will be in a while (nvidia drivers use their own GLX extention, so they can sort of avoid this issue).
Wine just doesn't work, plain and simple. Yes, due to the "incomplete" OGL implementation in fglrx, most games with Wine simple do not work, but using Wine for games is just a waste in my opinion. Wine is best used for non-crossplatform critical 2D applications (which are very few and specific nowadays).

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It's fairly common knowledge than Linux and ATI have not done well in the past (which is also the only reason I don't run Linux), but this article is about the present and future of ATI and Linux working together on the new HD4k series (and probably everything else in the future).
The future looks really bright for ATI. I expect proper 3D performance to be obtainable by the 8.8 release (which should be in about 2 months or so).
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