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 moxfyre on Thu 10th Sep 2009 21:04 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Things are Still a Mess"
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A few years ago ATI was nothing but trouble for me and some of my friends in *Windows*. In Linux, it was much worse. I haven't tried ATI lately, but now that they have OSS drivers, I do hope that the quality of the hardware and drivers has gone up.

Yeah, I had the same experience. I had an ATI card on an old desktop and basically considered it to be "VESA-only" under Linux. Fglrx was awful and the open-source 2D driver barely worked.

Well, you wouldn't believe the improvements in the last couple of years. I have an HD3200 IGP (R700), an R400-series 128gb PCIe card, and a laptop R500-series IGP, and they all run *flawlessly* today under Ubuntu 9.04, including compositing and 2D acceleration. Until a few months ago, I had to use the awful Fglrx proprietary driver for the R700 IGP, but now that AMD/ATI have opened up the documentation progress has been astonishingly swift.

My hat's off to AMD/ATI for doing the Right Thing. They'll get better drivers and loyal users. I'm not buying or recommending NVidia graphics to anyone unless and until they open up as well.

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