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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...

"Redirected Direct Rendering"

Will something like (http://hoegsberg.blogspot.com/2007/08/redirected-direct-rendering.html) that become much more likely with this information?

Re: "Redirected Direct Rendering"

That's sort of a null question. Much of that work isn't hardware-specific. It involves changing the way the driver does some things, but the actual hardware interaction is minimal. Kristian did that work on an i830, but he doesn't have the docs for that chip, nor did he need them.

In some sense, yes, we'll be able to do redirected direct rendering on R500 now, but that's just because we'll have a driver at all, not because we have the docs for the chip.

Re: "Redirected Direct Rendering"

Ok; so the blockers on that aren't hardware.

Thanks for enlightening me!