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."
Permalink for comment 457971
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[6]: great
by smitty on Fri 14th Jan 2011 19:04 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: great"
Member since:

"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 is not a downside of the closed modules, it is a downside of the kernel with their moving target ABI.
If a stable API is important to you, then feel free to keep using the same version of the kernel for as long as you want. No one is forcing you to update it.

Reply Parent Score: 2