Free 3D Video Drivers needed to spread the Linux Desktop
Mar 07, 2009, 22:03 (6 Talkback[s])
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"If you have a computer with a built-in Intel video
'card', your 3D graphics and the effects that you see in those
videos should work out of the box after installing a modern Linux
distribution. Debian Sid with KDE 4.2 works great on my EeePC 701,
for example, without any extra work on my part.
"If you have an NVidia or ATi card, however, life isn't so easy.
The *buntu people have Envy which assists with installing a closed,
proprietary driver, but it's not perfect. As I am not interested in
running *buntu, and it has failed for me in the past for Debian
installations, I have to pass on this one.
"The point is, installing these closed GPU drivers on one
distribution or another is filled with occasional successes and
(more often) failures. I have to say, NVidia seems to work a lot
more often than ATi driver installations, and I maybe should have
bought another NVidia card when I recently upgraded. I went with an
ATi RadeonHD 3450, however, because of the lure of Free Software