Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Thu 13th Jan 2011 17:13 UTC, submitted by Michael
Linux "Now that the kernel mode-setting page-flipping for the ATI Radeon DRM kernel module has been merged into the Linux 2.6.38 kernel and the respective bits have been set in the xf86-video-ati DDX, we're in the process of running new open-source ATI graphics benchmarks under Linux. Our initial results (included in this article) show these latest improvements to cause some major performance boosts for the open-source ATI driver as it nears the level of performance of the proprietary Catalyst driver."
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RE[4]: great
by sj87 on Fri 14th Jan 2011 10:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: great"
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The kernel developers will not accept KMS and kernel memory management pieces if the rest of a graphics driver is a binary blob. Wayland might be a different matter, but as it stands the graphics driver binary blobs will never be part of the kernel.

Nothing is demanding the drivers to be integrated in the kernel code. Afaik they can still be loaded as modules as is the situation now.

The downside of these external, closed, modules is that they need to be updated everytime the kernel changes. AMD's proprietary drivers are always usually one or two Xorg versions behind, because they are slow to add new support.

That prevents people from using the latest version, which again might introduce new limits for other software.

Edited 2011-01-14 10:50 UTC

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