Linux GFX and state of drivers

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Well this thread maybe useful for people who are planning to purchase a system for linux use only and which GFX card to choose mainly ATI, NVIDIA or Intel.

I would categorize the the GFX based on these parameters:

Drivers
Features Supported in Linux compared to Windoze counterpart
Performance

Well I am yet googling as much info as I can but would love in if others can chip in with more details. I have a lappy based on NVIDIA Chipset so I have better experience with nvidia.

nVidia
Drivers:
Proprietary Binary Drivers, More of take or leave solution but still the decent one out there when it comes to performance and supported hardware. Small nags such as poor 2D performance are there but most of them can live with it.

nouveau OSS Drivers, still long way to go before it can replace the nvidia drivers. This will be WIP for long time i guess. wont be discussing about this further as there still lot to be done.

Features:




Drivers

I bought an ATi card to support their opening-of-driver-specs, and I use the XOrg radeon and radeonhd drivers (I've tried both, and both work fine). No 3D but I can live without it for now, even though KDE 4 looks great with 3D effects.

NVidia does have nice drivers for Linux but I got tired of reinstalling them with new kernels. ATi closed drivers I've never had much luck with. Intel drivers just work but if it isn't onboard, I don't think that a PCIx card can be purchased with Intel graphics. But, Intel graphics are kinda broken in the newest XOrg release I think, but maybe they're working again.

atang1 any thoughts on this? Drivers for linux drive bus off cliff, serial bus too? not so lucky charms any more?

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