airlied (airlied) wrote,

AMD annoucement of open drivers...

So the news is out that AMD have committed to opening up specifications and providing some driver code to the open source community!!!

Alex Deucher and I have been working with AMD on this for about 3 months now and it's great to see it finally go public with their plans going forward. The initial code from Novell/SuSE will be appearing around XDS time, and AMD will also be attending.

Initially it will be a 2D modesetting driver, and hopefully a 3D driver will follow later. They are not stopping work on fglrx and will not be releasing any code from fglrx.

They will also be providing us with some access to engineering staff for information on older cards that we hadn't access to before, so we can properly support the current radeon driver (mainly BIOS parsing and workarounds..)

AMD, myself and Red Hat are also working through clearing me from my NDA issues so I can work on the r5xx cards.

So its all very positive and hopefully it we can all work together going forward to produce a top-notch open source driver...

If anyone has any questions on this feel free to post them here and I'll try and answer them if I can...

Anonymous

September 7 2007, 14:36:08 UTC 6 years ago

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What about laptop graphics

It is really a great news that AMD has finally listened to the Linux community and did the right step towards open development of the drivers. What I would like to know is if all this also includes graphics integrated into laptops. There are many laptops with chips like Radeon Xpress 200m and similar. Is this also going to help here? Do they also provide all specifications and support for integrated graphics chipsets? Can we expect any big improvements towards open source driver for laptops?

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