I am running openSUSE 11.1/KDE 4.2.0 on a Dell D531 with an ATI Radeon X1250 card. For several months I have been using the fglrx driver from radeon. However, performance was severely lacking; just recently, another ATI/KDED4 user informed me that the OSS Radeon driver was working much better for him than the fglrx driver, so I figured I’d give it a try. I reconfigured my hardware with sax2 -r -m 0=radeon.
So far, it’s working fine, but there’s no hardware acceleration. I keep hearing conflicting reports on this. Some say the radeon driver does not support 3D, others (like the guy I mentioned above) say it works fine.
Does anyone know the current status of the radeon driver? Does it support 3D or not? I suspect it may, because the Kubuntu LiveCD runs KWin effects just fine, and I don’t think they included the non-free fglrx on the LiveCD.
And if radeon does support 3D, does anyone know of applicable tweaks to make in xorg.conf for better performance?
You didn’t mention uninstalling the fglrx driver. You must do that as i think it interferes with the opensource one.
For your card, RS690, i think you can use either the “radeon” or the “radeonhd” driver. I was under the impression that the radeonhd driver was the recomended one for chipsets >R500, but according to this webpage X.Org Wiki - RadeonFeature they are in the same state.
You can always try and see which one works better. No 3d acceleration yet for your card though.