will we ever have radeon drivers that aren't crap?

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Thu Jul 23 18:17:30 UTC 2009

On Thu, 23 Jul 2009, Tom Horsley wrote:

> 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 jello
> :-).
> 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).

  just to establish my street cred here, i invested several hours
trying to help debug this craziness:


and it's a bit maddening that all that effort produced nothing in the
way of a method that allows me to get a working configuration at full
resolution.  i'm open to ideas but, AFAICT, nothing's changed since
that bug report.



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