Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Sep 2009 22:29 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Linux Open source 3D graphics drivers for ATI R600 garphics cards has been submitted to the kernel-next tree for possible inclusion in the Linux kernel 2.6.32. "David Airlie has pushed a horde of new code into his drm-next Git tree, which is what will get pulled into the Linux 2.6.32 kernel once the merge window is open. Most prominently, this new DRM code brings support for kernel mode-setting with R600 class hardware as well as 3D support."
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RE: Things are Still a Mess
by lemur2 on Thu 10th Sep 2009 02:49 UTC in reply to "Things are Still a Mess"
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Until ATI/AMD commits to going down this development route for all of their chipsets then we're still going to get a disconnected mess with fglrx - which simply shouldn't exist in my view. The trade secret NDA card has been played for years as an excuse as to why a driver isn't open sourced and in the kernel, it has shown to be false and AMD, and especially Intel, are in the process of showing that it is bogus for graphics. We always seem to be saying "Oh, it's just around the corner" with graphics support on Linux - permanently. We've still got lots of drivers doing their own thing and even reimplementing a ton of the Xorg stack (yes, you nvidia) and still a load of differences between what a device supports and what a driver can actually do with it. If only graphics drivers were cajoled into being open sourced and using a shared codebase like those in the kernel.


I'm sorry ... what exactly will we need fglrx for?

For the next kernel, 2.6.32 or later, only nvidia cards will still require a binary blob driver for 3D hardware accelerated graphics and compositing.

There is a reverse-engineering project (nouveau?) to write a driver for even nvidia cards, but AFAIK it isn't ready yet for 3D acceleration or KMS.

http://www.osnews.com/story/21033/Nouveau_Becomes_Default_Driver_in...

Edited 2009-09-10 02:56 UTC

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