ATI promised that it would work harder on its Linux support since its lack of drivers was the key advantages Nvidia cards had over ATI's in the Linux world. This sure was one of the weakest points of ATI cards. We spoke with one of our new Vienna friends and he said that he would go for ATI card if they had a Linux driver. Now, it seems his wish has come true.
ATI introduced Unified Linux Driver Version 2.4.3 supports Open GL 2.0 and works on RADEON 8500, RADEON 8500LE, ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 8500DV, RADEON 9000 PRO, RADEON 9500 PRO, RADEON 9700 PRO, ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO and FIRE GL family of workstation products.
We should add that the boys at Steinberg, Germany that are now part of ATI's professional workstation division FireGL team played a key role in making this release possible.
These drivers where derived from FireGL X1 drivers since it is important to have a stable Linux drivers because there is such a wide of developers and companies promoting their own versions of the operating system. µ
* UPDATE A reader sends this useful note:
"Greetings -- your article was referenced on the general SuSE discussion list, and I thought I'd like to pass along a "caveat" that you might want use to amend your article.
"The drivers will detect the difference between "built by ATI" and "powered by ATI" and refuse to run on the "powered by" variants. This subtle difference between "built" and "powered" is ATI's clever way of distinguishing boards they design and build themselves vs. boards churned out of some Taiwanese factory :)
"In any event, I can understand why ATI would take this stance -- they are not 110% sure that the "third party" developer actually followed their specifications in building the board. However, as a "guru", I'm willing to accept a 90% assurance that it will "probably" work, so to that end I've e-mailed their support group asking for an "override" option to use "at my own risk" [I would encourage others with "powered by" boards to do the same, but my voice probably doesn't carry as well as yours ;)]"
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