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Hardware, Embedded Systems Half the notebook computers and a growing number of desktops shipped in 2011 will run on graphics-enabled microprocessors as designers Intel and AMD increase competition for the units that raise multimedia speeds without add-ons. Processors with built-in graphics capabilities will be installed this year on 115 million notebooks, half of total shipments, and 63 million desktop PCs, or 45 percent of the total, according to analysts.
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Drivers
by Jondice on Fri 18th Mar 2011 20:15 UTC
Jondice
Member since:
2006-09-20

Will drivers be needed to benefit from any of these features?

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RE: Drivers
by Brendan on Fri 18th Mar 2011 22:45 UTC in reply to "Drivers"
Brendan Member since:
2005-11-16

Hi,

Will drivers be needed to benefit from any of these features?


Yes.

- Brendan

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RE: Drivers
by lemur2 on Sat 19th Mar 2011 09:25 UTC in reply to "Drivers"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Will drivers be needed to benefit from any of these features?


Open source drivers for AMD fusion APUs were announced at almost the same time that the chips were:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=ODc5Mw

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=amd_ontario_open...

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=amd_fusion_e350&...

AMD is starting a significant effort to boost its Linux driver capabilities:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=OTIwNA

This effort is probably centred around Fusion, and probably Android.

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RE[2]: Drivers
by laffer1 on Sat 19th Mar 2011 16:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Drivers"
laffer1 Member since:
2007-11-09

So Linux will get support for APUs, but the majority of open source operating systems will not have it for some time.

Linux != All Open Source

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RE[3]: Drivers
by Thomas2005 on Sat 19th Mar 2011 20:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Drivers"
Thomas2005 Member since:
2005-11-07

So Linux will get support for APUs, but the majority of open source operating systems will not have it for some time.

Linux != All Open Source

Linux is the new Windows.

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RE[4]: Drivers
by Neolander on Sat 19th Mar 2011 21:56 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Drivers"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Could this be the true meaning of the long-predicted "day of the Linux desktop" ?

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RE[3]: Drivers
by nej_simon on Sun 20th Mar 2011 16:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Drivers"
nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

So Linux will get support for APUs, but the majority of open source operating systems will not have it for some time.

Linux != All Open Source


Neither xorg nor DRI is specific to Linux. This driver probably wont work on the BSD:s due to lack of kernel mode setting, but still.

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RE: Drivers
by Neolander on Sat 19th Mar 2011 13:07 UTC in reply to "Drivers"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Believing that GPU manufacturers have enough common sense to realize how much of a stupid idea nonstandard hardware interfaces are ?

If only...

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