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Re: What makes a production kernel?



Alan Cox wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 26, 2004 at 08:50:38AM +1000, Paul Gear wrote:
> 
>>buy new now locally (Brisbane, Australia) are ATI and NVIDIA.  (A
>>GeForce2 MX400 (!) 64 Mb for AU$58 and a Radeon 9200 SE 64 Mb for
>>AU$65.)  I'm sure the market is different in other countries, but i
>>don't think Australia is an unrepresentative part of the world.
> 
> 
> Every low end player now mostly targets the motherboard market. Its
> just too expensive to bother with the hassle of connectors and bits
> of board nowdays. I'm not so sure they are all low-end either - the later
> intel i8xx 3D is rather nice.

Not according to Tom's Hardware:
  http://www20.tomshardware.com/graphic/20040211/radeon_9100-16.html
and check out the benchmarks starting at
  http://www20.tomshardware.com/graphic/20040211/radeon_9100-11.html

At our school, we have a few teachers that teach 3D graphic design and
gaming design to our high schoolers, and the consistent message i get
from them after testing is: the "Extreme" in "Intel Extreme Graphics
(2)" (the IGP in the 845 & 865) stands for "extremely slow".  :-)

All of this is beside the point i was trying to make: many people have
an existing investment in NVIDIA & ATI, and even if they wanted to swap
to something more Linux friendly, it would mean a big performance drop
and a new motherboard.
-- 
Paul
http://paulgear.webhop.net
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