Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Open source ATI drivers

A couple months ago, it was revealed to me that I didn't need the proprietary ATI drivers at all. The open source ATI drivers now have AIGLX support included and you don't need the bleeding-edge of proprietary drivers. Now, the open source drivers are WAY more stable than the proprietary ones. With those bleeding-edge drivers, I found my computer randomly freezing. However, that happens no more with the open source drivers.

The open source drivers have come a long way in the last couple of months. Now they have native AIGLX support, which means you can throw off XGL totally for compiz. However, the drivers work on these cards. I have a Radeon 9550, so mine has 3D acceleration. If yours is unsupported or 2D, you might want to stay with the proprietary ones.

In that guide, the most important (and most tricky) part is getting rid of fglrx. In addition to purging it, you should also go through Synaptic and get rid of any packages with fglrx in their name. Just do that and follow the rest of the guide, and you should be set! And the best part is, you won't have to comb ATI's site for new drivers. Ubuntu will bring 'em in as they come along.

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