[mythtv-users] New frontend... Atom?

Steve Hill steve at nexusuk.org
Sun Nov 8 13:15:38 UTC 2009

On Sun, 8 Nov 2009, Mark Greenwood wrote:

> Yes, so they're proprietary.. so what? They work, and they work well.

Admittedly I haven't used any new nVidia hardware (precisely because the 
drivers were so bad back when I did buy nVidia hardware), but I had lots 
of problems around the MX440/FX5200 era.  Things like it taking them about 
2 years to even acknowledge the existence of the interlacing bug that 
*everyone* who was running Linux nVidia HTPCs seemed to be complaining 
about, random vSync related breakages which seemed to spontaneously work 
in one driver release and then break in the next, the fact that it 
consistently seemed to take them several months to support new releases of 
Xorg or the kernel after an API change, etc.

Now, I haven't bought any new nVidia kit for years, so things may have 
improved, but as you can imagine I am very wary of buying a system that is 
absolutely dependent on nVidia's drivers, given the numerous problems I've 
had with them in the past.

Conversely, I've used Intel hardware quite extensively, and I've been very 
pleased with the transparency of their bug reporting process.  This has 
nothing to do with whether the driver is open or closed and everything to 
do with actually interacting with customers who are reporting bugs rather 
than ignoring them.


  - Steve
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