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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...

Re: Pre-release driver support?

Speaking only for Fedora here, but.

We don't ship pre-release code. If it's not available in a public source repository somewhere, it's not something we can ship. If AMD wants to start delivering code drops ahead of product launch, they are more than welcome to do so. Whether, and how often, they do so is likely to be related to how big the changes are for the future hardware they're shipping. If it's a major generational change like R500, that's one thing, but if it's just adding PCI IDs and feature flags for products in the same line, that's another.

Fedora will make every effort to support all the hardware it can out of the box in each release, with the understanding that that requires open code first. We will work with AMD and other vendors to ensure that our schedules match as well as they can, but sometimes they won't. That's just the reality, and that's what 'yum update' is for.

yum update within distro lifetime?

(I guess we are talking about Fedora as this more or less happens already with RHEL) When you mention yum update does that mean that driver updates might happen within a distro's lifetime or is this only on major distro releases / rawhide?

Re: yum update within distro lifetime?

I do driver updates for released distros fairly often. Fedora ships with the updates repository enabled by default.