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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B. Janssen
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The "ati" module automatically selects the appropriate module for your card, in your case the "radeon" driver. Thus, you are already using the best FOSS driver for your card. If you don't need hardware 3D or automatic resolution switching (e. g. docked/undocked) you should be fine.

There are issues with EXA however, sometimes causing redraw problems on the root window. You can work around this by simply setting a background picture instead of filling it with a color. Maybe this MigrationHeuristic-Option helps also, I don't know.

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