Editorial on ATI’s Linux Support

February 24th, 2006 by Crusader

A reader pointed out this column at Pete’s Open Source Journal, which takes ATI to task for their lack of Linux support for the R5xx-based video cards:

ATI’s R5xx line (which is comprised by the X1300, X1600, X1800 and X1900 series) was first released back in October 2005. The initial launch covered the X1800 and X1300 series (which are high-end and low-end, respectively), with the X1600 series following suit in November. Last month we saw the release of the new X1900 series too. Now, let me count the months from October to February; it is 5 months, right? Well, believe it or not, that’s the number of months the new X1000 series is out in the market without Linux support.

9 Responses to “Editorial on ATI’s Linux Support”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Don’t mess with ATI!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    ATI was getting really good with their Linux support but if they consider Linux to small to make drivers for just buy from those that do.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Never have and never will. Their Windows drivers suck almost as bad as their Linux drivers do.

    Get an Nvidia and you will never be disapointed…

  4. Anonymous Says:

    how many months has it been since we haven’t got crossfire support?

  5. Logy Says:

    ATI has been so indifferent to Linux for so long that I’m surprised anybody regards their poor driver support as news anymore.

    And given ATI’s track record, I can’t understand why any Linux user would – apparently in a fit of delusional optimism – buy ATI hardware expecting that decent support will arrive Real Soon Now, only to become enraged when it utterly fails to materialize.

    Would you pick up a badger, hoping for some affectionate cuddling, then become shocked and indignant when it promptly disembowels you?

    It’s a badger! They’re proven to be vicious!

    It’s ATI! They’re proven to not give a crap about Linux!

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me continuously since, oh, 1999… uh… DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    install quad sli

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Yes, the ATI card and the fact that nobody has yet made Linux boot on it are the two main reasons I’ve not yet ordered a MacBook Pro.

    And I consider it a grave mistake that my current notebook has an ATI card. They really disappointed me.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    since 1.5 years now i use a notebook with an ati 9600pro – and it didnt disappoint me, as the driver was there for linux when i bought it, and since then it evolved quite nicely.

    But in the autumn its time again for some hardware change for me, and it seems like i have to buy hardware from another vendor then …

  9. nirvanix Says:

    ATI is lax in not getting the linux drivers out for the X1000 series – they have to realize that there is now a significant market share for this. As for the driver support for other versions of their hardware – the linux driver is just plain excellent. It always has been better for 2D and with recent releases, it’s better for 3D. I’ve got two computers, one with an Nvidia card, the other with a Radeon and my game (Quake 4) justs looks and plays better in Linux with the radeon and the ATI linux driver.

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