ATI Open vs. Closed-Source Performance

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| While the fglrx driver had still outperformed the open-source solution, the
| results were much closer than in any of our past articles on this subject.
| The Radeon X800XL 256MB with the open-source driver had performed about 12
| frames on average less than the fglrx driver.


ATI Open vs. Closed-Source AIGLX Performance

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| While sitting within the GNOME desktop and just having one Nautilus window
| open, using the Radeon driver had a reported 111 frames per second according
| to Compiz Benchmark while the fglrx driver performance was nearly double that
| with 194 frames per second. *

AMD 8.41 Display Driver Preview

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| Whether you are using a Radeon X300 purchased a few years ago or the Radeon
| X1950PRO, the 8.41 driver is noticeably faster. How much faster? In many
| cases it is about 50% faster while in some configurations it may go as high
| as 90% or more. In fact, in some benchmarks the Mobility Radeon X300 was over
| 10x faster! * *

AMD Delivers Significant Graphics Performance and Compatibility Enhancements
for Consumer Linux Users

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| Moving forward, AMD also plans to accelerate efforts to address the needs of
| the open source community as well.
| "As client computing on Linux continues to grow so has our support and focus
| on delivering best-in-class performance and compatibility for our products,"
| said Ben Bar-Haim, vice president of software, Graphics Product Group at AMD.

What 10,000+ People Say About Linux Graphics

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| Which video adapter brand(s) do you use in your Linux system(s)?
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| Intel: 15.17%
| ATI: 31.87%
| NVIDIA: 48.16%
| Matrox: 1.41%
| SiS / XGI: 1.61%
| Other: 1.75%

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| It has been 80 days since the last NVIDIA Linux display driver was released.
| [...]
| This week is already very busy with the X Developer Summit going on where AMD
| will be releasing their new ATI R500/600 open-source driver as well as the
| specifications and it's very likely that the new NVIDIA 100.xx.xx series
| driver will meet the world in the coming days. *

NVIDIA: Got Specifications?

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| This past week AMD raised the Linux graphics bar by not only announcing their
| new fglrx graphics driver, which delivers Radeon HD 2000 support, immense
| performance improvements, and AIGLX, but it was accompanied by an
| announcement that they will be delivering specifications to the X.Org
| development community. These two announcements came after intense work
| internally at AMD and over a long period of time, but literally overnight it
| changed the minds of many Linux users on how they judge this company with its
| once notorious binary blob. AMD has really set a precedence for showing that
| a semiconductor company once criticized to no end with their proprietary
| software can update their views to assist and embrace the open-source Linux
| community while remaining competitive as a company in a triopoloy market.
| They have also thus reaffirmed that Linux is a viable desktop operating
| system. But the ball has now landed in NVIDIA's court. NVIDIA can either play
| ball by pushing forward with a similar effort, and then all of the big three *
| GPU manufacturers would be cradling an open-source strategy, or they may find
| themselves in trouble down the road. * * * * * * *