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I wasted about 4 hours yesterday on the ATI 10.5 driver under Linux. I had heard that 10.5 had OpenGL improvements that fixed a lot of the Wine problems, so I decided to have a go at swapping back to the original ATI 5870 in the hot-rod system the great guys at HH and iBuyPower gave me. Wow... what an...
They're supposed to be releasing the Linux version by December, with full tessellation support. Apparently there are some bugs that need squashing in the AMD/ATi driver and they're waiting for the new versions to be released.
I can't disagree (I prefer nVidia cards in my Linux boxes for the very reasons you cited), but the ATI situation is improving now that ATI opened up their docs (which nVidia has yet to do): - 2.6.32 has open source kernel mode setting and 3D support for newer ATI cards. - The 5870 should work with...