Day Three Using Debian

I have 4 of the Big 5 in terms of computer applications down. Office Productivity, Email / Instant Message, Image manipulation, and Internet. The one that eludes me still is 3D acceleration dependent applications (read that as games and slacking off). Apparently there is MESA which is software rendering – GROSS. And there is DRI which is the ATI equivelent driver software. Also there is no “Double click and play” 3D API for Linux. Everything is more difficult on a laptop too. I am at a point where I cannot find the answers to my questions online, so I will ask Linux-Guru-John for help. Hell, I come in to VS for something useful huh?



  1. John says:

    Seriously, we have got to get you to understand the fact that you have an ATI card. My video card, nVIDIA is point and click. SDL is a "point and click" api, so is opengl(you lost me on this comment). See ya in a few hours.


  2. James says:

    ATi do not produce drivers for the mobility cards for _ANY_ platform. If you want acceleration in X apps with an ATi mobility you have to use one of the community produced drivers. The drivers that come with X are accelerated but you must have support in the kernel for acceleration as well. You could also try out: http://www.scitechsoft.com/products/ent/snap_linux.html As for "double click and play 3D API." I don't know what the hell that is supposed to mean. The only API that is not available natively is DirectX. APIs are not a "double click" thing either; API = Application Programming Interface.


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