Daniel Kasak daniel.kasak at 247realmedia.com
Mon Oct 20 19:43:17 CDT 2008

On Mon, 2008-10-20 at 18:33 -0500, Austin English wrote:

> That said, I like to support companies that support open source, but
> for some things, such as graphics drivers, performance is more
> important than principle.

Sure. If you've got unlimited funds and are willing to compromise your

My example with my nVidia here at work could be easily solved by buying
a newer nVidia card. But I don't want to buy a card just to use at work.
And my work isn't interested in buying me a new video card ( nor should
they be ). It's not so much that I need compiz and bling etc, but just a
decent performing 2D driver. My only option soon will be to stick with
distros such as Gentoo ( I just moved to Sabayon for this reason
precisely ) where I can blacklist recent software such as xserver-1.5.
Ubuntu, Fedora, etc have already gone with xserver-1.5 ( in beta
releases ) and there are a LOT of people with old nVidia hardware that
won't be able to move to these new releases.

On my laptop ( which is my only computer apart from my server ), I can't
update the video card, so long-term viability is far more important.

So anyway, I agree if you must have maximum 3D gaming performance right
now, then nVidia is the way to go. But the OP didn't even say what they
were doing with their PC, and I think a more responsible way to go would
be to future-proof their system somewhat, while still maintaining decent
performance for everyday use. I don't think gaming via wine is 'everyday
use' for a Linux user, but I may be wrong.


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