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2009 Linux Graphics Survey Results

Dec 09, 2009, 01:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"While the survey has ended, all of the questions and possible choices remain available. There were 13 questions with most of them being the same from previous years. When looking at the results it is important to remember that the participants were able to select more than one option for each question if relevant. For those interested, our 2008 survey results (and 2007) are still available too. However, without further ado, here are the results.

"We began the 2009 survey by asking which of the listed technologies the user(s) were most interested in as an end-user. The choices were between kernel mode-setting, video-acceleration (XvMC / VA-API / XvBA / VDPAU), tear-free / artifact-free rendering, Gallium3D, and power management. This year the most popular choice was video acceleration and it was most popular by a large margin -- over 50% more votes than the second most interesting technology: kernel mode-setting. Following video acceleration and kernel mode-setting was tear-free / artifact-free rendering, power management, and then lastly was Gallium3D. Last year KMS was the most popular technology followed by video, but with KMS being a reality and is now prevalent on Linux for ATI and Intel hardware and emerging for NVIDIA hardware through the Nouveau driver, this may explain why its becoming less interesting to individuals."

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