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Testing Out ATI Kernel Mode-Setting On Ubuntu

Jun 08, 2009, 19:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

[ Thanks to Michael Larabel for this link. ]

"We tested out this xorg-edgers LiveCD with the ATI kernel mode-setting packages on a Lenovo ThinkPad T60 notebook that was using an ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 graphics processor. The kernel mode-setting had worked without issues. The LiveCD was installed to a Corsair Flash Survivor GT USB drive. However, as can be seen from our video above, the boot experience is not exactly pleasant with kernel mode-setting in general nor is it very fast. Canonical was planning to adopt Red Hat's Plymouth to provide a pleasant, flicker-free boot experience in Ubuntu but that decision was recently retracted. Canonical instead will continuing to be use USplash, which does not directly take advantage of kernel mode-setting, and instead will be investing their resources in improving the overall startup time. They hope to reach a ten second boot time by Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, but at this time that is still a far reach"

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