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  • AMD Dropping R300-R500 Support In Catalyst Driver

    Phoronix: AMD Dropping R300-R500 Support In Catalyst Driver

    Beginning next month with the Catalyst 9.4 release, support for the R300/400/500 generations of graphics processors will be dropped from AMD's mainline ATI driver. In a move they hope will allow them to focus their efforts on newer and upcoming graphics processors, the mainline Catalyst driver on both Linux and Windows will stop supporting cards older than the Radeon HD 2000 series. Linux customers affected will be encouraged to use their open-source driver stack (xf86-video-ati or xf86-video-radeonhd and Mesa) or stay with the Catalyst 9.3 driver.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=13559

  • #2
    A bit early, or? Some weeks ago several shops still sold DX9 cards here and now no more fresh drivers? As long, as they at least bring updates for new API versions...

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    • #3
      I own a AGP X1600 pro!

      I knew it this was coming! Second time for me...

      This time at least I'll still have a better opensource driver to play with.

      I've changed to the opensource driver almost a year ago, but its no way ready for many users.

      I can't even playback a real 1280x720p x264 without a frame dropping here and there.

      This is very bad, bad news.

      It is becoming very clear (at least for me) that ATI opensource development is losing momentum.

      Should I still believe it?
      Last edited by hobbes; 03-05-2009, 12:51 AM.

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      • #4
        Looks like my switching to xf86-video-ati after Arch Linux dropped support for Catalyst wasn't such a bad idea after all.

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        • #5
          That SUCKS!

          This absolutely blows. My X1950XTX still does not work properly under Linux, I can't get a multimonitor setup going the way I need under Linux. I also have a X2400 series card for another monitor so what does that mean - now only one monitor will work with the official driver which is connected to the newer but weaker card while the rest are now dead !

          On top of that my laptop also has a X1700 which is less than two years old. Are you saying it looses support too? Less than two years. I am furious. So what, when Winblow$ 7 comes along, it won't have drivers for it as well? I can't stand Vista but XP doesn't render text & GUI correctly on my internal screen (high dpi).

          Just great, both Winblow$ and Linux won't have official support for my two main video cards.

          I had enough of AMD/ATI dragging their feet. I was thrilled when AMD decided to open up the card specs and therefore continued to support them, but the mediocre driver that I had to put up with for the last 2 years and now this is the breaking point. If I could go back, I would buy NVidia all the way as I should have.

          AMD/ATI I hope you get the message.

          Signed,
          Royally pissed off customer

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          • #6
            That so bad for "old" cards users. I own an 2400HD...pci.... I'm safe for now.... I hope that they will fix more bugs now .....

            Annoying video tearing......

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            • #7
              It is becoming very clear (at least for me) that ATI opensource development is losing momentum.
              well, it looks to me that fglrx development team is losing momentum - they want to focus on a smaller range of cards in order to keep up.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by yoshi314 View Post
                well, it looks to me that fglrx development team is losing momentum - they want to focus on a smaller range of cards in order to keep up.
                I was referring to the no extra-effort put into the opensource driver as said on the news.

                Will this move generate greater benefits within the open-source ATI stack? It does not appear AMD will be ramping up on their open-source efforts. In fact, just this week the RadeonHD driver took a serious blow as one of the three Novell developers that were responsible for its development was laid off. The remaining developers are also facing shorter work hours.
                if you put all news coming from AMD/ATI this just doesn't look good.
                Last edited by hobbes; 03-05-2009, 01:28 AM. Reason: misquote

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                • #9
                  I'm more worried about power-management on my notebook
                  I have been quite happy with fglrx on my X1600 Mobility...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hobbes View Post
                    if you put all news coming from AMD/ATI this just doesn't look good.
                    In all fairness to AMD, it was a Novell developer that was laid off. That's hardly something you can blame AMD for. But yes times are though all around so if the open source drivers are to survive it may need to become more community, less paid employees. I may be mistaken but I haven't got the impression there's hordes of willing driver developers that have gathered since AMD opened up the specs...

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