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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)
Re: What about laptop graphics

Thanks for the answers. Working Powerplay and 3D in open source driver for laptops would be excellent. Too bad I don't know how to program graphics drivers and that there is not more manpower with enough knowledge. Maybe it would be a good idea to start some tutorial or developer guide so interested people could learn how to program and we could get more manpower in this way.

(Anonymous)
Re: What about laptop graphics

I would be interested in some documentation or a tutorial that describes an overview of how the graphics drivers work and how the open source drivers are structured.

Re: What about laptop graphics

There is a fair amount of documentation scattered about already on the Xorg and DRI wikis. Probably one of the best things a volunteer could do is help us to improve that documentation by writing more of it, organizing it better, etc.