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XGI Interview @ Phoronix

June 30th, 2005 by Crusader

Phoronix has conducted an interview with Jeryuan Yan of XGI:

In this interview, we found the precise status of the current generation XGI Linux and Windows display drivers along with their future. Among other things, we learned that XGI Tech will finally be supporting the Linux 2.6 kernel in September of 2005.

6 Responses to “XGI Interview @ Phoronix”

  1. zborgerd Says:

    I hope that these drivers mature quickly. I would certainly consider purchasing one for Linux in the future. The cards are certainly well priced, and they have reasonable performance as well. It’s just the drivers that need some work. I can see this company as being quite competitive to nVidia and ATI in the future though.

    I kinda like the black sheep of video technology. I owned a Kyro 2 card, and was quite pleased with it on Windows and the Linux drivers were above average as well (certainly better than ATI’s efforts at the time). It’s a shame that they never had any new PC graphics products and dropped Linux support after the 2.6 kernel became more common (they only have drivers for 2.4 series kernels now).

  2. ayqazi Says:

    terse

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I’m shopping for a new video card, mainly so I can play some of those new fancy games, but I’d rather not spend too much since I don’t care if I get the fastest card or not. XGI seem interesting, as long as I can upgrade my kernel and X.org when new versions come out.

    Nothing worse than upgrading your kernel and finding out 3D acceleration now doesn’t work (I’m looking at you ATI). The nVidia drivers are great, but nVidia cards are rather pricy compared to XGIs offerings. And I’m always a big fan of the underdogs. I looked at the V8 and it seemed like a nice card, but the lack of 2.6 kernel support makes me winder, when they do get a round to supporting the 2.6 kernel, how long before they stop supporting newer kernels like they do now? They’d have to smarten up before I’d go out and purchase one of their cards.

    While I don’t mind waiting before I buy a new card, I really hope they do come through with good linux support.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I don’t know if he was just playing the PR straight man, but he seemed surprisingly receptive not only to the idea of making programming information available to open source developers, but even potentially open-sourcing their existing driver. It’d be great to have a vendor on our side once again like back in the days of 3Dfx and Matrox.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    I don’t know if he was just playing the PR straight man, but he seemed surprisingly receptive not only to the idea of making programming information available to open source developers, but even potentially open-sourcing their existing driver. It’d be great to have a vendor on our side once again like back in the days of 3Dfx and Matrox.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    If they freed their drivers source code, or gave the apropiate specs, I’d buy them. Until them… I’ll stay with my rev-eng’d ati r300.

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