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SubjectRe: replacing X Window System !
Panagiotis Issaris wrote:

> Hi,
>
> 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:
http://dri.freedesktop.org/wiki/Status?action=highlight&value=CategoryHardware

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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