After loading Jaunty on my new T500 that has both Intel and ATI graphics I found the Intel graphics wanting and was troubled by the fact that there is not an ATI driver ready at the moment. So I wanted to see what the results would be under the FOSS ATI driver. I decided to load Jaunty on my older T42p.
- 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M10 NT [FireGL Mobility T2] (rev 80)
- model name : Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.80GHz
Not the newest of technologies, but it was interesting none the less. The FOSS driver for ATI suffers from the same ‘lag’ while backspacing in the WordPress rich text editor. It gets very high glxgear results – at least in comparison to the Intel 4500 on the T500, but the background change animation takes almost six seconds to complete and just ‘snaps’ in to place. On the Intel it is slow, but it fades out of the old and in to the new. The same transistion on my Nvidia based desktop is beautiful.
In short as I play more with Jaunty I am very happy with the over all look and feel, but some of the components are broken for specific hardware… and as my luck would have it… I own that hardware.
I also need to point out that this is not an issue with Ubuntu, but issues with the upstream projects.