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S3 Graphics Releases Linux Driver With OpenGL 3.0, VA-API

Mar 03, 2009, 09:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

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"They had reported to us the driver would be released in December, but that deadline had passed and they continued to announce Linux support when launching the Chrome 540 GTX, but still there was nothing. However, S3 Graphics has now actually delivered such a driver! They have delivered a Chrome 500 series Linux driver that not only provides OpenGL 3.0 support but also H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2 hardware decoding on the GPU. While it may appear to be good, this driver is still far from perfect.

"The initial release of this new S3 Graphics driver is labeled version 14.02.08 and was released this week on the S3 Graphics web-site. The prominent features are, of course, OpenGL 3.0 support and the H.264 / VC-1 / MPEG-2 video decoding. Unfortunately, this driver remains closed-source like their earlier Chrome 400 series Linux driver."

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