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[Web] SNAP Graphics Review on LinuxANN.lu
Posted on 24-Mar-2004 18:21 GMT by Anonymous15 comments
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SNAP Graphics, as has been announced last year, is the chosen video card driver system for the upcoming OS4. For those that are interested, I have found a review done last December 2003 using the Linux version of the SNAP Graphics software.

SNAP Graphics Review

Pay particular attention to the last paragraph as I have seen the question that this paragraph answers on several Amiga sites.
SNAP Graphics Review on Linux : Comment 1 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 24-Mar-2004 17:22 GMT
Sorry, I meant the second to last paragraph.
SNAP Graphics Review on Linux : Comment 2 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Elwood on 24-Mar-2004 18:00 GMT
I wonder from where they will got their 3D technology ? :-)
SNAP Graphics Review on Linux : Comment 3 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by pixie on 24-Mar-2004 18:14 GMT
These were the points which I found to be the most interesting:
- You can also change video cards without having to mess with the drivers
- If you're maintaining a large number of GNU/Linux-based machines and are in search of a common 2D video driver for all of them, SNAP is a far more sensible solution than individually configuring each system for its hardware.
SNAP Graphics Review on Linux : Comment 4 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by pixie on 24-Mar-2004 18:18 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Elwood):
> I wonder from where they will got their 3D technology ? :-)
I really hope it comes from Hyperion! :))
SNAP Graphics Review on Linux : Comment 5 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Don Cox on 24-Mar-2004 18:29 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (pixie):
Original announcement
SNAP Graphics Review on Linux : Comment 6 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by pixie on 24-Mar-2004 18:37 GMT
In reply to Comment 5 (Don Cox):
SciTech and Hyperion are set to broaden their cooperation to encompass 3D graphics support and support for other PPC based operating systems.

Thanx! I though too, but has I never heard more about it...
SNAP Graphics Review on Linux : Comment 7 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by pixie on 24-Mar-2004 18:56 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (pixie):
Thanx! I though too, but has I never heard more about it...
has = as
SNAP Graphics Review on Linux : Comment 8 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Ronald on 24-Mar-2004 19:25 GMT
SNAP is really good stuff. It works great under eComStation (OS/2 OEM). I went from GeForce 3 to GeForce FX 5200 and it worked without needed to change drivers nor any other settings.
SNAP Graphics Review on Linux : Comment 9 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 24-Mar-2004 19:29 GMT
This is the paragraph, I would think:

"They're also working on including hardware 3D rendering which, if it works, will be an enormous leap forward in GNU/Linux graphic driver technology."
SNAP Graphics Review on Linux : Comment 10 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Joe "Floid" Kanowitz on 24-Mar-2004 21:20 GMT
It's certainly good stuff, especially for Hyperion's application -- getting nearly every_chipset_ever supported as well or better than Windows does out of the box. (Man, I say this every time it comes up, don't I? It sucks that the universe has condensed to ATI and NVidia for the moment, or everyone else would agree.)

I do have to groan at this test, though. So we see all of one card tested against an optimized driver, and a few lucky_to_work_at_alls compared with VESA mode. Now, I can see an organization trying to standardize a system image running VESA everywhere it can, but lots of cards have accellerated drivers in XFree86.

The 'Intel Extreme' is compatible with the i810 driver, at least as of now.

It would've been a lot more useful to see some old S3 card (or my favorite, the G200) brought in, to provide a few more data points, and prove the corrolary -- when you don't have the latest and hottest ATI, does performance still keep up?

So... Thumbs up to SciTech, and thumbs sideways to Jem in this round. (Props for knowing what to test, just work on the methodologies.)
SNAP Graphics Review on Linux : Comment 11 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 25-Mar-2004 02:10 GMT
It's good to know that we're not going to need to worry about video drivers for OS4, SNAP seems to be abotu as good as Windows drivers. Now Genesi just has to license SNAP for the Morph too, and Amigans can finally kiss expensive, underpowered video cards goodbye :-D
SNAP Graphics Review on Linux : Comment 12 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by hammer on 25-Mar-2004 02:36 GMT
In reply to Comment 11 (Anonymous):
I donít think SNAP drivers would replace NVIDIA/ATIís DirectX9 class drivers.
SNAP Graphics Review on Linux : Comment 13 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 25-Mar-2004 04:41 GMT
In reply to Comment 12 (hammer):
Given that it will be a cold day in hell before we see DirectX9 on an amiga (or any non-Windows platform), I think that is a really irrelevant statement :)

If you're referring to the quality of the drivers, I don't know. I remember scitech making some pretty good drivers back in the days of MS-DOS, and their windows 95/98 drivers kicked the snot out of the "official" MS drivers. There may be a couple % difference between the nvidia/ati 2D drivers and snap, but I doubt it's going to be noticeable, especially since nvidia and ati are spending most of their time optimizing their 3D drivers. 2D is so 90s ;)
SNAP Graphics Review on Linux : Comment 14 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Chain|Q on 25-Mar-2004 13:54 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (Ronald):
Yes, same experiences here. I used SNAP (formerly SDD) under OS/2 since my S3 Trio64 age, through all the years with a Tseng ET6000, a Matrox G200, Riva TNT, S3 Savage4... It's blazingly fast, and rock solid. On my workplace, there are still machines with OS/2 installed, and SNAP works well with all kinds of chips from low-end/old Cirrus Logic/S3 based cards up to recent ATi Radeons (incl. some laptops with Mobility version) and Geforces.

If SNAP really gets ported to OS4, it will be a huge weapon of the platform, and will offer a clear advantage over MorphOS, at least in the number of supported chipsets, and the quality of this support.

(FYI: I'm a Pegasos owner / MOS user currently.)
SNAP Graphics Review on Linux : Comment 15 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 27-Mar-2004 02:38 GMT
As far as I can gather there has been no work on SciTech's part for an Amiga based system, since there is no formal agreement in place
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