The Jem Report: SciTech SNAP Graphics 2.0
Oct 02, 2003, 08:30 (6 Talkback[s])
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"SciTech SNAP Graphics is a comprehensive video driver program
for the X Window system (and OS/2 and DOS, but I only tested the
GNU/Linux edition). The company designs their own graphics card
drivers and implements them through a program that combines with
XFree86 (version 4.02 or later) to maximize compatibility, ease of
installation, and 2D performance. For a complete listing of all
graphics chipsets currently supported by SciTech SNAP Graphics 2.0,
click here. Please note that this is not a kernel-level driver.
"This was a very difficult review to write for many reasons.
First of all SNAP Graphics appeals to three wildly different
markets: the desktop end-user market, the enterprise market, and
the system integrator and embedded systems markets. Secondly I had
to research and develop my own way of testing 2D graphics
performance on a GNU/Linux system because the SPEC tests are all
for 3D and all of the benchmark programs that I found didn't really
cover 2D in depth; thirdly, setting up the OEM and VESA drivers for
each video card was, for lack of a better term, pure hell..."