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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by asdf on Fri 14th Jan 2011 13:17 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: great"
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Let's stop raising that point. Stable in-kernel AP/BI isn't gonna happen in the mainline Linux kernel, ever. It's logistically infeasible and most kernel developers would swear by the ability to change APIs as development progresses.

What's possible and actually being done is maintaining stable ABI in the same distro release and for enterprise products this often can span many years. In that respect, it isn't too different from commercial operating systems.

Mainline is a development branch. Linux kernel is being developed way faster and in a very different way than proprietary operating system kernels. If for whatever reason stable ABI is a must for you (it escapes me why it would even matter for usual desktop users tho), go ahead and use something else. Quit whining about something which isn't feasible.

Edited 2011-01-14 13:19 UTC

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