will we ever have radeon drivers that aren't crap?
tom.horsley at att.net
Thu Jul 23 18:10:13 UTC 2009
On Thu, 23 Jul 2009 13:56:12 -0400 (EDT)
Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> what's the story on video drivers these days? and why are they such
> unmitigated trash?
Because they decided to invent the DRI2 layer since the original DRI
layer didn't actually work very well if you wanted to do something
like run a opengl app in a desktop that also had desktop effects
turned on, so basically everything got turned to trash due to the
obsession with getting windows to shake like they are made of
On my system, I can get the radeon driver to work reasonably well
if I switch the acceleration to XAA from EXA (despite the fact that
the radeon man page claims XAA is the default, it apparently isn't).
I suspect a year or two will see drivers that have reasonably
stable DIR2 implementations, though I wonder if the performance
will ever get back to where it used to be.
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