Vincent Danen: Mandriva 2007, ATI Radeon Xpress 200, and Xgl
Well, wow, if I didn't expect to get the "anti-Mandriva" coverage based on a previous post. So, as a result, I determined to get the ATI drivers working. The big difference here is that this time I'm using the 32bit Mandriva rather than 64bit; no idea if that's making a big difference but I did find some help doing more googling (and no, there is no /usr/share/fglrx/fglrx.README with the latest ATI drivers so poo on the guy who said I didn't read docs).
So here's a quick HOWTO on getting this stuff up and running (or, at least, how I did):
1) Grab the ATI commercial drivers from the ATI driver downloads page
2) Follow the instructions on how to install it (essentially "sh ati-driver-install-8.29.6.run" and then follow the instructions)
Sigh. I love it when things get thrown out of context and misinformation abounds. I've gotten used to this with proprietary vendors and ignorant news sources, but to get this within the open source community? And from a web site that is supposed to be pro-OSS? Come on.
Yes, this is a "follow-up" to the Why I'll never use Linux for my main desktop blog entry. Why is a follow-up required?