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July 2014
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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...

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Availability

Please excuse if it's considered a rude question, but should will we have something to play with (testers)? I have 1 ATI card right now, and will be ordering a much better one to get rid of the Nvidia I have in my computer once a testing driver becomes available that supports one of the newer cards.

Thanks for all your work on this, it's a dream come true.

Re: Availability

There will be a 2D driver release next week that will set modes, not much more.

The thing is it'll take probably 6 months to get something really useful out, but testers can start on whatever ends up in the git tree when it gets published.