Friday, December 29, 2006

Two views of the 3D desktop

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been exploring two available 3D environments: Croquet and Project Looking Glass. The two projects take distinctly different approaches to their 3D environments.

After trying XGL, I can't wait to see Croquet.

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

ATI x1300 and Ubuntu

I'm having problems running Ubuntu Edgy with a new Dell Optiplex 745 with an ATI x1300 (RV 516 7183) video card. 2D works great but 3D is borked. When running fglrxinfo I get:
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: Generic
OpenGL version string: 2.0.6234 (8.32.5)

but when I run fgl_glxgears I get this window and a listing of FPS
Using GLX_SGIX_pbuffer
3933 frames in 5.0 seconds = 786.600 FPS
4462 frames in 5.0 seconds = 892.400 FPS
4483 frames in 5.0 seconds = 896.600 FPS


Update: I was able to get the ATI card to work when ATI corrected their driver in version 8.33.6.