Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Sep 2009 22:29 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Linux Open source 3D graphics drivers for ATI R600 garphics cards has been submitted to the kernel-next tree for possible inclusion in the Linux kernel 2.6.32. "David Airlie has pushed a horde of new code into his drm-next Git tree, which is what will get pulled into the Linux 2.6.32 kernel once the merge window is open. Most prominently, this new DRM code brings support for kernel mode-setting with R600 class hardware as well as 3D support."
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RE[4]: Things are Still a Mess
by lemur2 on Thu 10th Sep 2009 10:52 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Things are Still a Mess"
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The ATI drivers sucked majorly for Linux while the Windows drivers were working excellently.

This is exactly why the fact that there are now open source drivers (coming soon in the mainline Linux kernel) is so important.

We now have the documentation for how to drive the graphics GPUs, and we have open source code to drive them. Having both of those also means that when new bugs are discovered, they can be fixed. This is now true for very capable, competitive graphics GPU hardware (since ATI hardware outperforms Intel hardware). These drivers and graphics cards will quickly become the top line for performance, stability and supportability on Linux.

It will no longer be possible for an OEM to hinder Linux (unintentionally or not) by providing sub-standard binary graphics drivers.

Edited 2009-09-10 10:53 UTC

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