Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Feb 2008 22:56 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
AMD "For the past several weeks we have been referencing AMD's 'tcore' in several of our articles, which is a user-space software suite that has been developed and used internally at ATI by engineers to work on various aspects of their binary drivers. Tcore is primarily used for testing prior to the availability of the actual silicon for their forthcoming graphics processors. John Bridgman and Alex Deucher have been working tediously to get this tcore source-code sanitized and cleared for public release, and finally they have reached this milestone. AMD has just published the first bits of open-source 3D programming documentation for ATI GPUs. This 3D programming documentation covers the R500 series and even goes back with information on the R300/400 series as well. The R600 3D programming guide will also be out soon. This information available today is what will foster the growth of open-source R500/600 3D support for the Radeon and RadeonHD drivers as well as R600 2D acceleration."
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Well done AMD
by tux68 on Sun 24th Feb 2008 06:11 UTC
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It's nice to see proof the oft argued notion that it is economically and legally impossible for graphic card vendors to support open source is indeed bunk.

While i'm sure that there will still be some challenges with regard to embedded DRM, another major step has been taken here. So a hearty thank you to AMD and everyone involved. At the very least, this should put to bed speculation that AMD isn't serious about their effort to support open source.

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