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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...

Are other graphics vendors talking to you?

Have any other graphics card vendors started talking to you about releasing specs (I'm assuming that if they were you could talk about it of course)? I would have thought smaller players would have been especially keen (if only for things like video acceleration let alone 3D)...

Re: Are other graphics vendors talking to you?

I've talked with just about every graphics vendor at some point or another. I haven't heard anything new from any of them related to this announcement, but then, it's also been less than a week. Companies steer like boats, give it time. Every conversation I've had with a graphics vendor has been positive so far; I expect this will only continue.

Thank you for your replies ajaxxx

Much appreciated!