Linked by David Adams on Thu 18th Aug 2011 19:09 UTC, submitted by Michael
Graphics, User Interfaces While the BFS scheduler is getting ready to celebrate its second birthday, in just three weeks AMD's open-source Radeon graphics driver strategy for Linux will be turning four years old . . . which has ended up being a game-changer in the Linux world. AMD continues to support open-source hardware enablement on their latest graphics processors and recently even hired more developers to work on the code and documentation. How far have they come though in four years?
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saynte
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That's precisely my point: the older cards are now at about 80% on average. So if we apply your reasoning, then a year from now we will have the same 80% performance of the newer cards, which I wouldn't say is really "overtaking" the closed source drivers.

In terms of the drivers being written for Windows vs Linux, I think there's not much of an overhead from the current Catalyst drivers being first developed for Windows.

For example:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=897&num=1

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