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I have never gone ATI and never thought i would but with the release of this card I can't help but snag one ASAP. The problem is i use windows about %30 and Ubuntu Linux the other %70. Of all these people who are getting their shiny new 4870's in could you guys please tell me how it runs with the linux drivers please I would greatly appreciate it.
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Actually, I dont even see drivers for the 48XX series yet thats a shame. Does anyone know how long it takes to create those from AMD usually?
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ATI have been very open with that and how people who run Linux can create drivers for them much more open then Nvidia normally are so it will not be long i believe the 4850's drivers are already beginning to come out now
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They do work:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...nhd_4850&num=1

... but you won't get much more than HD3870 type performance. Further driver revisions should fix that.
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Originally Posted by Melcar View Post
They do work:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...nhd_4850&num=1

... but you won't get much more than HD3870 type performance. Further driver revisions should fix that.
Honestly that is fine with me. As long as the drivers can get me to a decent desktop i am fine. All i want is for it to be usable as i do not play games in linux. THANKS GUYS.
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It said x86 drivers are on the CD. Thats pretty amazing considering i have never seen a linux driver on nvidia cd's. Too bad im using x64
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jrharvey View Post
It said x86 drivers are on the CD. Thats pretty amazing considering i have never seen a linux driver on nvidia cd's. Too bad im using x64
That's pretty awesome that they've actually gone and put them on the CD, even if it is only x86.

Linux drivers used to be a reason that I would get Nvidia cards over ATI cards, but now that AMD has opened up the specifications and is encouraging the development of open source drivers, I don't see as much of a reason for getting an Nvidia card again.

The magnitude of the turnaround for ATI Linux support since AMD bought them is pretty amazing.
post #8 of 11
x86 is a cpu architecture that is basically in all home computers. it is different from 32 and 64 bit.

that means they are drivers for your computer.
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x86 is a cpu architecture that is basically in all home computers. it is different from 32 and 64 bit.

that means they are drivers for your computer.
x86 refers only to x86's 32 bit variation though rather than x86-64.
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It said x86 drivers are on the CD. Thats pretty amazing considering i have never seen a linux driver on nvidia cd's. Too bad im using x64

ATI drivers come in a single package for both 32bit and 64bit. PM me or go over to the Linux section if you need help installing them. By the way, is Tux on the box? They said Tux would be printed on their boxes from now on (along with the drivers in the CDs).
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