Re: replacing X Window System !

From: Helge Hafting
Date: Fri May 19 2006 - 09:10:14 EST

Panagiotis Issaris wrote:


Helge Hafting wrote:

The problem with writing those 3D drivers is not complexity
or "historic baggage" in the X codebase. It is the fact that
only the vendors know how the cards work, and most of them
won't tell us.

To which the solution is: buy the cards that work, and screw the rest.

Just out of curiosity: Do you know any currently sold cards that support
XVideo, OpenGL and for which open source drivers are available?

I don't know much about XVideo.
For DRI support, look at:

Many of the cards listed there are a few years old, but several of them
are still available as cheap alternatives in shops. I had no problem buying
a radeon 9200 and a matrox G550 for example.

Also, the VIA graphichs chips found on current mini-itx motherboards
have both opengl and mpeg2-acceleration. A mini-itx thing is hardly what
you use as a power desktop machine, but the small size and fanless operation
means they're popular for homemade media player/entertainment boxes.

I got one in my car; mostly for playing CDs and gps navigation. But
it will also play DVDs, play tuxracer using opengl, as well as
the usual web surfing and word processing.

Helge Hafting

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