Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Sep 2007 20:09 UTC, submitted by Michael
AMD "Not only is AMD providing the open-source community with their ATI GPU specifications, but they have also been partnering with Novell on the development of a new open-source display driver. We've been telling you about AMD's open-source work all month, and today the new driver is finally available for download. It is still very much a work in progress and isn't much further along than the open-source R500 Avivo driver. However, this new driver does support the Radeon HD 2000 (R600) family. This new X.Org driver is called RadeonHD."
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Awesome
by siimo on Mon 17th Sep 2007 20:59 UTC
siimo
Member since:
2006-06-22

I know this is just the start. Hopefully by this time next year there will be a perfectly working driver including 3D support :o).

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RE: Awesome
by Brandybuck on Tue 18th Sep 2007 02:11 in reply to "Awesome"
Brandybuck Member since:
2006-08-27

Next year will be too late. I'm looking to build a new system in the next couple of months. I'm sick of being considered second class because I'm using FreeBSD instead of Linux. Since this driver won't be ready, I'll be going with an Intel chipset. You snooze you lose.

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RE[2]: Awesome
by SEJeff on Tue 18th Sep 2007 02:25 in reply to "RE: Awesome"
SEJeff Member since:
2005-11-05

If you are sick of being a second class citezen, do something about it. Write documentation, get people playing with, or learn to write code for FreeBSD. FreeBSD is pretty cool for what it is and still isn't too bad. The lack of really solid SMP support kills it for me though.

Open Source is about communities. Building them is the key to success. Financial backing also works.

Never underestimate the power of large numbers of people with common goals.

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RE[2]: Awesome
by sbergman27 on Tue 18th Sep 2007 02:28 in reply to "RE: Awesome"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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I'm sick of being considered second class because I'm using FreeBSD instead of Linux.
"""

Sorry to break it to you. But you are a third class citizen. We Linux users are second class. For what that's worth. I sincerely hope it helps... at least some.

But with the opening of the specs, in a year maybe we can *all* be equals... and choose a video chipset based upon merit and not upon which vendor is willing to throw us the most crumbs. :-)

Unfortunately, now the problem has simply changed focus from video to wifi. I've been playing this game for 20 years. And I sometimes wonder if we are really making progress, or if the problems are escalating about as fast as they are being solved. I think we are making progress. But it feels like a long walk up a fast treadmill.

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