[conspire] Fwd: Ubuntu 6.10

Adrien Lamothe alamozzz at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 11 20:56:20 PDT 2007

Peter Knaggs <peter.knaggs at gmail.com> wrote:
Well, I suppose it's OK now that Ubuntu are packaging it so conveniently.
But I don't have any really fond memories of it, as you can see from the
length of the section on building and configuring it for Debian that it isn't
something you'd particularly want do very often. That it usually seemed to
involve a complete reboot to get it working was also a bit disconcerting:
It's been quite a while since I've used it, so there's probably more
scary stuff.
It just seemed a bit pointless to go to all that trouble each time you update
your system, and the kernel gets a security patch or something, and you
have to rebuild the fglrx driver packages again before you can get X to work.


O.K.  The word "scary" has sinister connotations.

I think ATI has the best chance of opening up their specs, now that they're owned by AMD. ATI recently stated they have no plans to open the specs, due to DRM concerns. For reasons I'd rather not go into (you can do some Google research), it looks like ATI's fate is now very closely tied to that of AMD. It also looks like Intel's Core 2 Duo is now on a par with, or perhaps a bit faster, than AMD's 64 bit dual core offering, meaning AMD may start to fall behind again. This, coupled with Linux's increasing traction, may make Linux operability increasingly attractive.



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