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  • It works great in opensuse 11.1 amd64/kde 4.2.1, and not so great in kubuntu 8.10 32b (kde4.2x) on the same hw (x2 4850e/2G/9550-128MB); if I enable effects it is unusably slow on kubuntu (otherwise it works as good as whatever fglrx was in the 'buntu repos). I'm not sure whether its compiz or kwin in both/either distro though, and I did spend a little more time and attention on tweaks for suse.

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    • Originally posted by phoronix View Post
      Phoronix: AMD Catalyst 9.3 Brings OpenGL Composite Support

      While the Catalyst driver for Windows was released a number of days ago, the Catalyst Linux driver was missing. It has, however, been released today. AMD's Linux engineers ended up delaying the Catalyst 9.3 release so they could spend additional time tuning this driver, since it will be the last release that supports the R300 through R500 series as the support is being dropped. The significant feature that was pushed back into the Catalyst 9.3 Linux driver is improved Composite support.

      http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=13632
      Nice demo but why doesn't it work on my ati radeon 9600XT card?

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      • Originally posted by Mr_Ed View Post
        Nice demo but why doesn't it work on my ati radeon 9600XT card?
        Or my 9800XT card?

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        • "since it will be the last release that supports the R300 through R500 series as the support is being dropped"

          I think that they should have said:

          "since it will be the last release that supports the R300 through R500 series as the support is being dropped, most of the newer features like the improved Composite support will not be available on these cards"

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          • Similar work to improve Composite support is also being done in the open source drivers for 3xx-5xx right now. Dave Airlie from Red Hat is driving the effort :

            http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/Radeon3DUpdate

            http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=218372

            http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16148

            I managed to miss the test day but will give the latest code a try next week when I get back to a system with 5xx in it.
            Last edited by bridgman; 04-04-2009, 11:23 AM.

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            • Originally posted by bridgman View Post
              Similar work to improve Composite support is also being done in the open source drivers for 3xx-5xx right now. Dave Airlie from Red Hat is driving the effort :

              http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/Radeon3DUpdate

              http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=218372

              http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16148

              I managed to miss the test day but will give the latest code a try next week when I get back to a system with 5xx in it.
              Dear Bridgman,

              Just tell me, how long will it last before that that stuff is going to work? There are so much dependencies. DRI2, Mesa, GEM/TT, rdr, etc.

              My best guess that it will not work before Fedora 12 or even beyond that.

              Do we really have to wait for another year?

              Eddie.

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              • Well the 690G never did get a great driver (foss or closed). Had enough of it and it the board went into the recycling bin this morning.

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                • Originally posted by Mr_Ed View Post
                  Dear Bridgman,

                  Just tell me, how long will it last before that that stuff is going to work? There are so much dependencies. DRI2, Mesa, GEM/TT, rdr, etc.

                  My best guess that it will not work before Fedora 12 or even beyond that.

                  Do we really have to wait for another year?

                  Eddie.
                  I guess it depends on what you mean by "work". All of the dependencies are in F11 today. The integrated set of drivers is only *just* in, of course -- radeon-rewrite was the last piece to go in and it's very new -- but I believe all the pieces are there.

                  The coding and integration are basically done and what's left is testing, bug fixing and performance tuning. You won't see it in an enterprise distro for a year but AFAIK the intent is for it to be useable in F11 (whereas in F10 it was more of a technology demonstrator).

                  I imagine the live CD is still up from a couple of days ago (second link above). I'll be trying it out on Monday and if you might want to do the same. If you have problems with it please sing out and file or update bugs. AFAIK the drivers are at the "works on the devs systems, now to make sure it works on everyone else's system too" point.

                  The initial test results are posted at :

                  http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_D...eon_2009-04-01

                  There are a bunch of FAILs, but from the few I looked at so far they seemed to be expected and were generally on 6xx and higher. The support for 6xx/7xx isn't as far along as 1xx-5xx.
                  Last edited by bridgman; 04-04-2009, 03:19 PM.

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                    • Bridgman,

                      Guess what. I am running from the live cd now and it works well so far. I have glxgears running in compiz and no flickering and with wobbly window.

                      I'd like to try some video contents too but there seems to be no codec installed to play avi or mpeg or whatever, is there some way to enable it?

                      For the rest it seems pretty well but I've just started so I will test some more and time will tell.

                      Regards,

                      Eddie.

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