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Re: Possibly offtopic : Binary only driver



On Sun, 2004-11-21 at 15:06 -0500, Alan Cox wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 21, 2004 at 03:40:36PM +0000, Mike Hearn wrote:
> > I bought a 3D game. I want to play it.
> > 
> > a) Go back to Windows
> > b) Use a binary driver on Linux
> 
> c) Radeon 9x00

Unfortunately, at the moment that is still only true for x<=2. Good
enough for my purposes (I enjoy the fact that my Radeon 9000 doesn't
have a fan...) but people who actually care about serious gaming etc are
unlikely to agree.

Nowadays there is a somewhat promising reverse-engineering effort going
on for the r300 Radeons as well, with some basic stuff figured out. It's
unlikely to result in any hardcore-gamer class drivers anytime soon but
it might result in cool-desktop grade 3D if things keep up.
(http://r300.sf.net for anyone who's interested, especially people with
r300 hardware available to help out...)

/Per

-- 
Per Bjornsson <perbj stanford edu>
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University


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