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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...

What about laptop graphics

It is really a great news that AMD has finally listened to the Linux community and did the right step towards open development of the drivers. What I would like to know is if all this also includes graphics integrated into laptops. There are many laptops with chips like Radeon Xpress 200m and similar. Is this also going to help here? Do they also provide all specifications and support for integrated graphics chipsets? Can we expect any big improvements towards open source driver for laptops?

Re: What about laptop graphics

These are the same as legacy graphics chips really, so there will be benefits for them from this deal, but not manpower or the like, as in now we can ask questions and expect answers instead of just guessing how certain things are meant to work..

We can probably also get powerplay and such things implemented...

The open source Xpress 200m chip should mostly work (except compiz) due to work I've done lately before this stuff went ahead..

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.

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

What about DRI w/multi-head? Is there anything I can do to help get that working?

Re: What about laptop graphics

I have yet to see _any_ laptop with a Xpress 200m to work. And i know quite a lot around me. My laptop for example. I've tried today a recent kernel drm + xorg ati driver. You can see the results here :


and i can't even start glxgears, not to say googleearth..

Just for your information :)

Re: What about laptop graphics

I have xpress 200m and it works for me with a snapshot built from at least a month ago.