ATI Petition for Adequate Drivers in Linux

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We are the customers of ATI who use Linux to power our computers. We will no longer endure ATIвs poor driver support for Linux both in 32-bit and 64-bit computing. This petition is aimed at the designers at ATI who for whatever reason choose not to acknowledge our pleas and specifically at ATI as a company. The signers of this petition will no longer purchase ATI products until ATI make a workable 3D accelerated 64-bit driver for Linux and a 32-bit that utilizes the full potential of the Raedon chips.

The products we include in this are as follows:
1. All desktop Raedon chips up through 9800
2. All mobile Raedon chips up through 9800
3. All X-series chips
4. All TV and Remote Wonders
5. All FireGL chips

Also in this petition we ask ATI to change their current position on mobile drivers. With Linux, one of the major challenges to developers is to make it possible for any machine to run the operating system. To have every OEM develop their own drivers for each component of their machines and update them would be preposterous since they donвt even make the components. NVidia has learned this and has prospered since their drivers in general work with any and all notebook screens. They believe, and rightly so that it is the responsibility of the components manufacturer to create a driver that will work with every other component. Therefore the drivers that we ask to be created for Linux must also work for mobile chips.

Specifically, since 64-bit computing is new to the world, we understand that a rough driver that might not work perfectly is unavoidable. This being said we need some kind of driver no matter how rough so that we can utilize the chip that we have already purchased from you. Your current 32-bit driver for Linux is so inadequate compared to the one released for Windows that it performs as slow ones many generations older. This must be rectified.

In the event that ATI cannot handle the programming of these drivers, we require all modern ATI chips to be open sourced to the Linux community so that drivers can be made. This would include all schematics and technical information pertaining to the video cards produced by ATI.

Again until we see these changes, the signers of this petition cannot support you by purchasing any more of your products.

26998 Signatures

  • Eduard B
  • Michael K
  • Matthias H
  • Markus H
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Radeom 9700 pro
  • C. K
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Radeon 9700
  • Filip M
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Radeon 8500
  • Tim G
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Radeon Mobility 9600
  • peter h
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • nvidia geforce
    • Comments
    • i like ati card's...but i dont like the linux subort from ati
  • Torsten U
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Mobility Radeon 9700 / 64M
  • Armin B
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Radeon Mobility 9200
  • Darcy P
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Radeon AIW 8500 DV
  • Dustin C
  • Di Milia F
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • ATI Radeon 7000, ATI Radeon 9200 and ATI Radeon IGP 345M
  • Jozef
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • x800
    • Comments
    • please asap!
  • Jupp S
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • ATI Radeon 9500
  • Nicolas Orlando N
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Radeon
  • Stefan P
  • Sarah K
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Radeon 9600xt
  • Zafer Ц
  • CuddleBear
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • ATI Radeon xxxx
  • Jay F
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Nvidia Geforce FX 5600
    • Comments
    • Nvidia does it pretty damn well. so should you
  • ingo s
  • Eugen A
  • NVIDIA
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • NVIDIA
    • Comments
    • NVIDIA HAS GOOD DRIVERS
  • Ian C
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • ATI Radeon 9200SE
  • Jan M
  • Jasmin B
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Sapphire ATI Radeon 9200
  • Josh
  • Karl L
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Radeon 9500 PRO
  • Stephane R
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Two ATI 9800 Pro
    • Comments
    • xvideo does'nt work, hard to install and slow
  • Joerg M
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • ATI 9500Pro / ATI 9000 Mobility Radeon
  • Ben O
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Radeon 9200
  • Martin K
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Ati Radeon 9700 Pro Sapphire
  • Atte T
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Radeon 8500LE 128mb
  • Bjцrn P
  • Tim S
  • Jens K
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Radeon 9800 Pro, Radeon Mobility 9600
  • Hubert N
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • X800 Pro
  • ole
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • 9800
  • Dr. Michael H
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Radeon 9000 mobile
  • Thorsten S
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • 9200 128mb
  • Dirk M
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Radeon 9600
  • John A
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Mobile Raedon 9700 Pro, Raedon 9800
  • Roman K
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro (Ultimate Edition)
  • Frank H
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • 9600TX, 9700 Mobile
  • Joachim R
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • 9800
  • Marcus.Gebhard
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Radeon 9600
    • Comments
    • Try switching to framebuffer and back to X: Results vary from ugly to frozen system :(
  • Matthias L
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • Radeon 8500
    • Comments
    • what about multiple screen support with xinerama
  • Saiz
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 256
  • Martin
    • Video Card (Please indicate if multiple)
    • ASUS ATI Radeon 9600 XT 128 MB
    • Comments
    • Good linux drivers are a MUST for such a good GPU! :-) Please make better support for Linux.