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Screen Rotation

ATI Linux drivers do not rotate screens natively. In other words, Linux users currently are unable to rotate their screens without extreme slowness. The Windows version works beautifully.

Open Source Drivers

ATI Radeon cards 8500,9000,9200 and 9250 working with open source drivers provide OpenGL 3D graphics acceleration.

Proprietary Drivers

Proprietary drivers can be used instead, if so desired, although it is not necessary to use these for the cards listed above.


X server

  • XFree86 and X.org support


  • X Acceleration Architecture


  • One Hardware or OpenGL overlay

TV Out

  • NTSC and PAL support


  • No support for the built in tuner in "All-in-Wonder" cards.



  • Provides some OpenGL 2.0 commands

BUT NOT the OpenGL 2.0 version of the shading language.

The ATI driver uses a version of the shading language called the ARB extension. The ARB extension was used before OpenGL 2.0 was finished.