Phoronix on ATI in ’05

December 28th, 2005 by Crusader

Phoronix has posted an ATI retrospective for the past year:

As 2005 comes to an end, both NVIDIA and ATI have fought a competitive battle not only when it comes to their hardware lineup but also display drivers for alternative operating systems. When discussing this subject matter, GNU/Linux users have been quick to criticize ATI Technologies whether it is due to poor installation support, distribution compatibility, rudimentary control panel, or simply the performance level of its drivers. On the contrary, even though NVIDIA had unveiled its GeForce 7 series, 2005 has not been the best year for the green developers.

5 Responses to “Phoronix on ATI in ’05”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Criticizing ATI for poor “distribution compatibility” seems excessive – their installer actually manages to build quite a wide array of packages. Meanwhile the nVidia driver just loses track of XVideo after a while. On the other hand, ATI have stated that suspend/resume works in the release notes at least three times iirc, and it has never been true.

  2. Anonymous Says:


    the fact that ATI is a BedBuddy(tm R (c) patent pending) of the evil empire is enough for me to buy nvidia or matrox or xgi or powervr.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Phoronix has now posted a NVIDIA variant:

  4. Anonymous Says:

    So…NVIDIA’s drivers at the start were good and much better than ATI’s. ATI’s drivers were crap at the start of 2005. ATI’s drivers have improved, but at the end of 2005, they’re still less performant than NVIDIA’s and still have a considerable number of issues. Thus, ATI has had a good 2005! Wait, there’s something wrong with that logic…

  5. Anonymous Says:

    since linux doesn’t have

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