has issued a press release announcing 'significant
graphics performance and compatibility enhancements'
on Linux. AMD will be delivering new ATI Linux drivers this year that
offer ATI Radeon HD 2000 series support, AIGLX support (Beryl and
Compiz), and major performance improvements. At Phoronix we have been
testing these new drivers internally for the past few weeks and have a
number of articles looking at this new driver. The ATI
8.41 Linux driver delivers Linux gaming improvements from the R300/400
series and the R500
series. The inaugural Radeon
series support also can be found in the new ATI Linux driver with 'the
best price/performance ratio of any high-end graphics card under
Linux.' While this new driver cannot be downloaded yet, in their press
release AMD also alludes to accelerating
efforts with the open-source community."
ATI has a history of screwing with open source and Linux then bailing out with a bunch of excuses. Hopefully the new management of AMD will straighten them out for good. I don't even want game performance really. I just want a video driver that doesn't leave things hanging out on the desktop.