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The State of ATI Linux

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Well well, the day has finally come. It is now day number 50; the final day for this ATI Linux trial. With that said, it's about time for me to share some concluding remarks regarding ATI's recent Linux efforts with their monthly fglrx display drivers. On the first day, I didn't know whether I would be able to survive without going green (no pun intended), but towards the end of this experience, it was almost like achieving nirvana.

The trial revolved around me, Michael Larabel, exclusively trying out ATI graphics in my personal system as a replacement to the previous NVIDIA GeForce 7800GTX for 50 days. The main inspiration for this trial was to give the red side a chance to show me how they have progressed on the GNU/Linux front (outside of the numerous Phoronix tests). There isn't much disputing that in the past ATI has been known for their poor support -- poor control panel/configuration utility, lack of x86_64 support, and a host of other problems. However, ATI Technologies has truly performed a miracle turn-around with their Linux drivers, and a majority of these problems have been addressed in recent drivers. There does, however, remain the entire matter of the fglrx frame-rate performance.

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