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Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
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Is it big news that Matrox has a new product that's actually kinda cool? I was a big Matrox fan back when they released the entire spec for the G200 to make linux drivers out of. In hindsight, that was an isolated event, and they really were not the kind of company you'd like to support. Then they stopped making consumer graphics cards, so it didn't have to be an issue.

I still have like 6 Matrox stickers left, though. There's one on my small LCD.
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From: entropy512
2005-11-09 09:12 pm (UTC)
From what I recall, the G200 (I owned one) was a MAJOR disappointment.

It took Matrox FOREVER to release the specs, and when they did, they neglected to release key information related to 3D acceleration, so while the G200 supported 3D acceleration under Linux, it was SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWW, even moreso than under Windows given that it wasn't the fastest card on the planet.

I bought an STB Velocity (GeForce 256-based) within six months of buying the G200 and have been sticking with NVidia ever since. :)
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2005-11-09 09:33 pm (UTC)
That problem was with the AGP GART, right? It did get fixed eventually. I had the PCI version of the G200, so my experience was a little different than yours. I was just excited to be able to play Quake 3 *at all* on my P233 system with no AGP supprot.

The fact is they released the specs. So, while I still appreciate NVIDIA's efforts for their linux driver, I still hate that none of the features beyond standard 2D are 100% complete. If someone made a Real Linux Graphics Card, I'd turn on them in a hartbeat.
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