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[6]: Things are Still a Mess
by vivainio on Thu 10th Sep 2009 12:50 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Things are Still a Mess"
vivainio
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2008-12-26

A binary driver fails with the first kernel update.


Yeah, that's a drag.

If the OEM no longer sells the hardware, binary drivers for it will no longer be forthcoming from the OEM. "Planned obsolesence".


GPUs pretty much have the concept of obsolescence built in anyway, though I don't think nvidia buyers have been suffering from this (the binary driver supports pretty obsolete cards).

The could give out the source code of their driver to every single person on the planet, and it still wouldn't run on an ATI card.


It might still contain some "secret sauce" they don't want ATI to see. I guess they value that sauce higher than perception among linux community, and that's ok for me. It's just a GPU, something mostly used for closed source stuff anyway (gaming).

Before the end of this year, people who are fortunate enough to have ATI cards and have Linux installed will enjoy by far the best-performing bang-for-buck desktop systems on the planet.


I'm waiting with baited breath for good drivers and cards from ATI - if they make the cut, my next GPU will definitely come from ATI. Hopefully, we will see a change from the situation where "if you don't have nvidia, you are on your own". Until now, if you had bought ATI and wanted to go Linux, the general advice was to try to sell the ATI card and get an NVIDIA ;-).

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