What happens when you pull out some vintage computer hardware
and run the latest Linux software as well as go back and run some of the
oldest software available? Well, in the case of systems with antiquated
R300-era ATI Radeon graphics, you are left with a downward slope in
performance. Not only is the latest open-source Radeon graphics driver
not always performing as well as an ancient Catalyst driver, but also
the power consumption of the latest Linux code remains on an incline.