Hello fellow Linux users!
I am a long time linux user (well "long" here is a relative term, I guess,
but I have been using linux since RH 5.2, so I guess that qualifies me as a
non-newbie at least :-), but I only recently got involved in 3d design and
programming (using primarily blender and Gtk+). Before, I used Linux
primarily for sound processing. Anyhow, recently I invested into a laptop
(dell inspiron 8000 1Ghz with Mobility m4), and after successfully
installing Linux and getting X up I got somewhat dissapointed when I found
out that there was no accelerated support for this video card that has been
out for over 1/2 of year (needless to mention that it is probably most
widely used in laptops -- although this might soon change due to debut of
geforce2go cards). I researched a bit around and found out that AcceleratedX
has support for it (costs $129 though, and does not tolerate presence of
Mesa which is required for a lot of devel tools), as well as heard a rumour
of DRI supporting acceleration. After a bit more of research I stumbled
accross a lot of conflicting testimonies regarding DRI support. So this
source of confusion is the primary reason why I am writing to ya all. I
would greatly appreciate any help I can get in order to find answer(s) to
1) OK, I am still confused. Can someone please tell me is the DRI support
working for the above-mentioned video card or not?
2) If it does, and I do have X running (stable and all that), what do I need
to do to get DRI compiled, since my attempt sometime ago failed miserably
due to some errors I was not able to circumvent (i.e. what Xfree version do
I need, and what other stuff do I need on top of that? btw I am running
RH7.0 with most of the latest updates, including Ximian Gnome 1.4)?
3) How does DRI acceleration compare to AcceleratedX and/or to Windoze
performance (i.e. how would Quake3 perform on the same machine using
Linux/X/DRI and using Windoze)?
Any help would be utmostly appreciated! Sincerely,
Ivica "Ico" Bukvic, composer
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