Recently i responded to another BUG in Ati linux drivers. This raised some thought i am having about buying a new computer. Bellow is my response to the ATI bugzilla unofficial website.
Yea i tried the beta 8.57 drivers, this version seems to load very unstable mind with crashes etc. From what i can gather X server 1.7.x has changed the DPMSEnabledswitch to DPMSEnable not sure the reason for doing this but hey.
I moved onto the KMS Raadeon for now and it seems to run much better. Oddly fglrx module remained in my kernel modules and without me having it configured in the xorg.conf it became loaded. Not sure what happened there. must say it would be nice to see the fglrx driver working with the kms driver as the kms provides native resolution via edid for my monitors. still trying to figure out if i can set tty1 and tty2 to my individual monitors using the kms driver. that would be awesome.
I am also in a dilema of weather to buy ATI again or Nvidia. ATI seem to be really pushing down the route of windows dx etc which leaves me to believe there not focusing on linux users. Being a gentoo user i do require compile times to be reduced. Especially when i can fix problems my self in code(i gave up messing with ATI drivers long time ago on my firegl) I spent more time fixing the ATI drivers for my firegl than i did working on fixing and developing other stuff so i am a bit battered to say the least by ATI.
This renders a big question in which AMD or Intel processors/hardware is better suited for linux system over the next 10 years. AMD clearly dont give a crap about windows much as they just add more cores, seing as windows has limits to the amount of cores you can have to it windows OS it dont seem to bother AMD yet intel take account of this so who is doing what which is the best way to go.
So what is the thought on this. Its fair to say windows is a dominating operating system in todays modern computing but the beuty years ago of hanging on to a PC for dear life(which did happen) was because we had the choice of what we could program and run on the system. It was not a computer you purchased from a shop which was pre-programed with an OS you just used etc. It allowed you to choose, gave you flexability in what you wanted to do with it etc.
If every manufacture from nvidia intel AMD and so on become 100% revolved around producing a windows system then the PC market looses that freedom and its sure as hell something i dont want to see.
Linux for me has always been an education, being as i am a person who loves to learn, study, research etc linux fits the bill perfectly. Most people like to sit relax and enjoy watching the television, some like to sit watching Youtube videos, some like to sit on social networking sites all night and day well hey thats your choice for me i like to tinker learn play with things to learn program design develop things the way i want it. This is not a financial gain for me its about personal gain. I get a level of satisfaction from completing a project seing it work and enjoying what i have built makes my entertainment.
So where and what hardware is made for people like me?
What is the hardware companies leading on to because if they leave the linux market open then its a great business opertunity for others to rival and prosper. ALthough this sounds good one problem exists, Intel or AMD would most likely not allow this and have some sort of say on the matter or maybe even release a product at silly cheap prices for a few months to destroy the company.
If the above occurs i think it would give retired hackers a purpose again to hack lol.