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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...

Comments
(Anonymous)
Part time tinkerer?

If the specs are under NDA for a select few, what is the best way for the part-time tinkerers to help out?

Report specific bugs with specific test cases?

Re: Part time tinkerer?

well the thing is most bugs can be fixed without specs, so for a part-timer or someone interested in starting in driver development, finding a bug that looks minor and trying to fix it yourself is the best way too start...

(Anonymous)
Re: Part time tinkerer?

OK, next question (I'm the first poster) where can I find the bug tracker and the source code repository for the current ATI OSS driver? Also, is there any information relating to compiling and installing it on the web?

Re: Part time tinkerer?

gitweb.freedesktop.org has the git tree and bugs.freedesktop.org is the bug tracker...

basically it has a 2D DDX component in X.org and the 3D component in Mesa along with a kernel module in the drm git tree..

dri.freedesktop.org and xorg.freedesktop.org are good places to start reading..