[Wine] ATI ready for Linux? Not quite. was: Re: WINE and older games

M.Kiesel wine-devel at continuity.cjb.net
Wed Dec 10 16:46:58 CST 2008

On Wed, 10 Dec 2008, English_Mohican wrote:

> I know that up until about 6 month ago, ATI drivers were not considered 
> as good as NVidia ones.
> Does anyone have views based on current real data or is it all just the 
> collected wisdom of the ages

ATI driver quality certainly has improved recently. However, I just bought 
an ATI card and as much as I'd like to recommend ATI (with the fglrx 
driver) I cannot.

1) Gaming compatibility in Wine is mediocre at best [1].
2) 2D support is quite bad [2]. Even konsole/gterm feel slow.
3) Instability is definitely still an issue. For example, while Xine does 
not _generally_ crash anymore with fglrx (google for "xine fglrx"), I 
experienced more than one system crash when using Xine for video playback. 
mplayer looks better but still this doesn't exactly raise confidence.

I tested with both the HD 3200 and HD 3850 chipset and fglrx 8.11.
For older cards that are supported through the "radeon" X driver 2) and 3) 
probably do not apply. free3d.org even recommends X800/X850 cards if you 
want true OSS spirit. Still no good Wine gaming experience with that 

I really hope that things keep improving since I'm definitely not a fan of 




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