One of the common complaints about the ATI Catalyst Linux
driver is slow 2D performance, but is this really the case? Does AMD's
binary-only Linux driver have 2D performance issues that could actually
make it run slower than the open-source driver developed by the X.Org
community through specifications released by AMD? In this article we
have run a total of 28 benchmarks looking squarely at the 2D performance
between the Catalyst (fglrx) driver and the xf86-video-ati (Radeon)
drivers on Ubuntu Linux.