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Dell calls for better ATI Linux Drivers

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Wed Jul 25 2007, 08:43
HARDWARE FIRM Dell said it wants to offer ATI-based Linux systems but is hamstrung by a lack of drivers.

Speaking at an event with the unlikely name of "Ubuntu Live 2007", Dell's Amit Bhutani said that Linux ATI drivers needed to be improved. He said the result did not have to be Open Sauce but just a darn sight better than what was on offer.

Dell ships desktop Linux systems with Intel using its open-source drivers with Nvidia graphics.

According to Phoronix, Bhutani said that the Nvidia 2D and 3D video drivers were a bit of a challenge but at least Dell could get them to go eventually.

He said that he knows that better drivers will not happen overnight.

Dell wants to be also be able to ship audio/video codecs, Intel Wireless 80.211N support for Linux, Broadcom Wireless for Linux and notebooks and desktops with Compiz Fusion enabled.

Bhutani added that there would be new Dell Linux offerings and availability in "other countries" later this summer.

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