Linux drivers for XGI cards

March 6th, 2004 by Marv

Although very young in the graphic card market, XGI has released native drivers for their Blade 3D 9880, Volari V8/V8 Ultra and Volari V5. Nice to see an alternative to ATi and Nvidia who are clearly dominating the current market.
Download [ XGI Drivers ]

6 Responses to “Linux drivers for XGI cards”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    This is really great! I hope the hard work will be rewarded.

  2. Xsecrets Says:

    They could really get a ton of publicity and a huge linux fan base if they would release all their specs and work with an opensource project to make good opensource drivers. I remember when matrox released most of their documentation to an opensource project and in a mater of months they had the best accelerated 3d for linux, and it rivaled their windows performance. I would be willing to bet the open source community would go out of their way to write excellent drivers for an underdog like this, and I would bet they could rival at least ati’s performance since ati doesn’t put much effort into their linux drivers.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    …even on Windows.
    And I don’t believe any fiddling with drivers will change this.
    They simply do not know how to make anisotropic filtering and antialiasing.
    I can live without antialiasing, but anisotropic filtering is a must.
    It is what makes texture not apear completely blurry on a distance or with low angles to the texture.

    A good review of the XGI cards is here:

    So this will not be my next card, even if the drivers were Open Source.
    A little quality of the hardware is also a must.
    Maybe their next line of cards fair better.

  4. zborgerd Says:

    This is interesting. I’ve actually been hoping that this company would do this (along with SIS for the Xabre lineup). It’s been disappointing that XGI’s Windows drivers have been so problematic (accoriding to reviews), but it isn’t impossible for them to improve them. Let’s sit back and see how dedicated they are at making these graphics chips. Let’s see how well they make drivers. This is a reasonable first attempt, and while it’s not perfect – it tops the work of companies like Trident. XGI’s cards may be a reasonable alternative in the future, on Windows and Linux alike. It’s good to see another option. The more companies that write drivers for Linux means that we may see better quality drivers from all involved companies.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    DRI sucks!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    They didn’t strip local symbols from the modules. That’s going to make it very nice for hackers.

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