Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jun 2007 18:33 UTC, submitted by Michael
3D News, GL, DirectX "Last week the first open-source ATI R500 driver had entered the world. This new driver (named the xf86-video-avivo) is very early into development, but a small set of developers have been working on reverse engineering this GPU class for the past couple of months. This driver does not yet contain any 3D functionality or support for features that most end-users expect. At this point, the driver just contains very basic initialization and set video mode support for a portion of the Radeon X1000 family. Even with this very basic R500 driver, we couldn't help but to explore the Avivo driver for the past few days."
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Nice but
by prymitive on Tue 19th Jun 2007 19:07 UTC
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It took a year (if I remember correctly) for ATI to give us X1000 family support in fglrx, it took a year more to get open source driver that can start up those cards. If it gonna stay this way we will be hearing a lot of "Don't buy AMD/ATI if You use linux" on forums. I really hope that AMD will make some improvements in linux drivers. I got X700 in my notebook and I've switched to open source driver, it gives about a half of performance of fglrx which gives about a half of speed of windows driver.

Edited 2007-06-19 19:08

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