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Interesting article, with the exception of this tidbit:
“XFree86 version 4′s ATI drivers are open-source, and do NOT support 3D acceleration…the only way to get 3D acceleration from an ATI is to you a version 3 Xserver.”
Hmmmm, so I guess all those 3D games I’ve been playing with my ATI Radeon in XFree 4.1.0 in Mandrake 8.1 (Tux Racer, Heretic 2, Heavy Gear 2, Unreal Tournament, Quake 3) have just been a figment of my imagination…? Or. was the article speaking specifically of 3D under just Transgaming’s WineX? The claim that 3D won’t work with ATI cards under Xfree86 4 is false. Leastwise with the Radeon. Though, I guess it’s not there with the newer Radeon 7500/8500 line. I have an “older” generation Radeon. :-)
Just to let people know, other than taking a long time and a lot of disk space to convert the files, running “alien” on the “The Sims” installer RPMs worked like a charm to get the game running on my girlfriend’s Debian box. Of course, now I have this boxed Mandrake stuff sitting around… :)
They include the 3rd Commercial CD, which includes the nVidia drivers. On two test boxen, they have installed and configured out of the box Just Fine. (I assume 8.1 boxed has the same CD.)[br][br]What I dislike, though, are the seams showing around The Sims. Loki, Trib, Hyperion, id, Epic, et al. have spoiled me rotten… It [i]runs[/i] alright (although you’d think response would be better on a 1.3GHz Athlon — T2 is smooooooth), but it just seems like an imperfect fit.