Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jun 2007 18:33 UTC, submitted by Michael
3D News, GL, DirectX "Last week the first open-source ATI R500 driver had entered the world. This new driver (named the xf86-video-avivo) is very early into development, but a small set of developers have been working on reverse engineering this GPU class for the past couple of months. This driver does not yet contain any 3D functionality or support for features that most end-users expect. At this point, the driver just contains very basic initialization and set video mode support for a portion of the Radeon X1000 family. Even with this very basic R500 driver, we couldn't help but to explore the Avivo driver for the past few days."
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Nice but
by prymitive on Tue 19th Jun 2007 19:07 UTC
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2006-11-20

It took a year (if I remember correctly) for ATI to give us X1000 family support in fglrx, it took a year more to get open source driver that can start up those cards. If it gonna stay this way we will be hearing a lot of "Don't buy AMD/ATI if You use linux" on forums. I really hope that AMD will make some improvements in linux drivers. I got X700 in my notebook and I've switched to open source driver, it gives about a half of performance of fglrx which gives about a half of speed of windows driver.

Edited 2007-06-19 19:08

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RE: Nice but
by ThawkTH on Tue 19th Jun 2007 21:27 in reply to "Nice but"
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2005-07-06

I'd bet that close to 100% of the time, if a person is discussing a video card, somebody will say "Don't by ATI if you use Linux!"

Though AMD may soon hold that title. I think we're all hoping that doesn't happen...

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RE: Nice but
by thebin on Wed 20th Jun 2007 01:03 in reply to "Nice but"
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2007-03-17

Sadly, I too will have to go back to the opensource ati driver because ATI's OpenGL implementation is broken and as such many 3D won't compile or run properly. I expect to take a performance hit as well as not being able to use video out to connect to a projector.

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RE: Nice but
by makc on Wed 20th Jun 2007 13:54 in reply to "Nice but"
makc Member since:
2006-01-11

I really hope that AMD will make some improvements in linux drivers.

Think to be AMD managers. Is it worth to spend the required amout of money for such a small percentage of the market?

While I agree this is not enough to claim they opened the drivers, they did a step in the direction. Better than nothing, isn't it?

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