[Exherbo-dev] Upcoming X.org changes

Gaute Hope eg at gaute.vetsj.com
Wed Jun 17 22:47:04 BST 2009


Excerpts from Bernd Steinhauser's message of on. juni 17 20:56:57 +0200 2009:
> Gaute Hope wrote:
> > Excerpts from Bernd Steinhauser's message of on. juni 17 20:29:16 +0200 2009:
> >> Gaute Hope wrote:
> >>> Excerpts from Ingmar Vanhassel's message of on. juni 17 18:27:48 +0200 2009:
> >>>> Excerpts from Gaute Hope's message of Wed Jun 17 13:00:44 +0200 2009:
> >>>>> Keep xorg-server 1.5 for ati's catalyst 9.3 driver, later versions
> >>>>> don't work with cards after radeon hd 2000.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> - gaute
> >>>> Ok, will do that. It would be nice if you could let me know when they've
> >>>> fixed that. I'm not really interested in keeping track of the binary
> >>>> blobs. :)
> >>> They won't :/ - dropped support for it. Maybe open-source support gets
> >>> good enough at some point thou.
> >>>
> >>> I'm not using it, it neither works on/supports kernel[>=2.6.29] so its
> >>> getting pretty useless somewhen anyway.
> >> Which card exactly do you have?
> > 
> > 01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RC410 [Radeon Xpress 200M]
> In this case, you really should use the radeon driver.
> 
> >> Maybe you should start using the open source drivers.
> >>
> >> Apart from that, afaik, they will support the older chips in the future, 
> >> too, but won't release drivers for them every month (maybe 2 or 3 times 
> >> / year).
> > 
> > But will they support newer versions of Xorg/kernel ? At least they
> > don't do that yet.
> Yes, but it might take some time.
> >> Anyway, I guess you should try the open source drivers, refer to 
> >> http://wiki.x.org/wiki/RadeonFeature
> >> to see what should work with your card with either the radeon or the 
> >> radeonhd driver.
> > 
> > I do use them, and they work well for 2D and regular stuff - but I
> > haven't got the patience for the ati mess anymore. But I think a version
> > that works should be in the repos, it still applies for a large amount
> > of (potential?) users.
> They do work for 3D as well, and powerplay suppord is currently in work.
> Really, if your card is supported as well as it is, you shouldn't use 
> anything but the open source driver, it will prevent you from messing 
> around a lot.

You are right, and it's probably the best to drop them.

Just for the reference, using the open-source driver gives a significant
lower framerate:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=463&num=2

- gaute



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