Our two graphics overlords just released their latest flavours of drivers, with lots of improvements and bug fixes, especially for Watch Dogs which came out today and is taking the world by storm.
We see reviews with benchmarks comparing nVIDIA and AMD cards all the time, but not so much when using a Linux operating system. So Phoronix comes to the rescue, by pitting 8 cards against each other to give us a clear view on the two companies’ strengths and weaknesses under the latest Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
The state of Linux drivers is a very old, sad and sometimes infuriating tale. I use Linux exclusively at work, 70% of my time at home; and still whenever I want to upgrade a driver, whether it’s ATI or NVIDIA, I throw a couple of Hail Marys just in case (and a couple of Bloody Marys most of the times after that). Rich Geldreich works at Valve, and is currently improving OpenGL support for games for SteamOS. His rantings about the drivers are pretty much spot on, but he doesn’t actually mention names of vendors. That’s left as an exercise...