>I remember a year and a half ago, when I started with Linux, there was a
>note in the X documentation about the Diamond Stealth card. Diamond would
>not share the microcode, therefore drivers could not be written and posted
>under the GPL.
>I seem to recall over the course of time that the card was usable/had
>drivers. What is the current status of the Diamond Stealth? A friend gave
>me a killer deal on a 2MB PCI Stealth, and as always Linux is a primary
>consideration (right now I am running with a Trident TVGA8900C)...
According to what I've read, Diamond was less than cooperative at first.
However, lately they have been and a server does now exist for the P9000 chipset.
I run with a Diamond Viper VLB 2mb, using the XF86_P9000 server that came
with my slackware 3.0 CD set. This server is also supposed to work with the
Diamond Viper PCI (although I haven't tried it).
The only complaint that I have is that you can't switch video modes on the fly.
With most of the other cards you can set it up with several resolutions (ie.
600x800 and 1040x1200). You can then change between modes from within X-win
by hitting <ctrl><alt><+> or <ctrl><alt><->. I don't think this is possible
with this server (although I don't understand why). So, you basically just
have to pick your favorite resolution and go with it. I would love for someone
to prove me wrong on this one, because I'd like to have this feature on my