AMD annoucement of open drivers...
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...
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Re: Those that do not learn from the past...ATi probably made a huge mistake and did some third-party licensing and now they can't release it.
Eventually people will realize that they can get better open-source driver performance.
One of the reasons ATi is doing this at all is because of companies like Dell. Dell's Ubuntu line is more or less cherry-picked hardware--they prefer FLOSS drivers because it allows their users maximum flexibility in upgrades.
Dell isn't picking ATi video. They offer Intel integrated video up until the very highest laptop which is an nVidia card.
AMD/ATi wants to do just enough to get a piece of that action.