Linked by fran on Wed 26th Jan 2011 21:37 UTC
AMD "AMD has announced its support of Open GL 4.1 on Microsoft and Linux platforms in its latest driver release for a number of its graphics cards. The driver release, available on the AMD website for the ATI FirePro, ATI FireGl and AMD Radeon cards, will support OpenGL 4.1 for Microsoft's Windows 7, Vista, XP, as well as Linux."
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How will Linux be supported?
by Thomas2005 on Wed 26th Jan 2011 22:39 UTC
Thomas2005
Member since:
2005-11-07

Are they talking about a closed-source binary driver or are they releasing open-source code and possibly even documentation?

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Documentation was released ages ago, and they've got a couple of developers working on the open source driver. This one is the proprietary blob, though. The one you want to use if you need serious OpenGL performance.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Documentation was released ages ago, and they've got a couple of developers working on the open source driver. This one is the proprietary blob, though. The one you want to use if you need serious OpenGL performance.


By "ages ago", I suppose you mean May 2009, October 2009 and June 2010 for the more recent chipsets:
http://www.x.org/docs/AMD/

Indeed, the open source drivers for AMD/ATI chipsets are not written by AMD/ATI, they are written by Xorg, although ATI/AMD employees do make significant contributions.

The open source drivers are still trying to achieve a feature-complete status, and have largely not yet been optimised. The very first steps towards some optimisations are just beginning to arrive in the very latest beta drivers which work only with the as-yet-unreleased Linux kernel version 2.6.38.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=amd_r500_expande...

These first optimisations show significant promise, where the open source driver has in some cases now passed the fglrx closed source driver performance for some older chipsets (those chipsets for which the documentation has been available for a longer time).

Edited 2011-01-26 23:39 UTC

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