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  • Originally posted by mendieta View Post
    I think very, very, very few people refer to the kernel when they say "Linux", but rather the whole operating system. The OS as a whole, I dare to say, is mostly developed by people who do care about freedom of choice, and therefore, the right to have access to the source code of what they use.
    And most of those that do care about freedom of choice are the ones pushing that it is GNU/Linux not Linux. In any-case, drivers is one of the very few things where 'Linux' is used in reference to the kernel, whether intentional or not.

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    • Originally posted by Darksurf View Post
      These drivers are great. you just need patches is all.
      If you use a gentoo based distro, i've got an ebuild and fix
      that will work to get them going. sorry, its a crappy ebuild
      but it gets the job done.

      http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8EPKR4FM

      cd and extract this to /usr/portage/x11-drivers/ati-drivers/
      ebuild ati-drivers-8.62.ebuild digest
      emerge =ati-drivers-8.62
      (after you finish emerging the ebuild doesn't work well so you need to do this)
      cd /usr/portage/distfiles
      chmod +x ati-driver-installer-9-6-x86.x86_64.run
      ./ati-driver-installer-9-6-x86.x86_64.run
      what? why do you post crap like this?
      a) ebuild ... digest is wrong. FOR A LONG TIME
      it is ebuild ... manifest

      b) what the bullshit about running the installer? NEVER RUN THE INSTALLER ON A GENTOO SYSTEM!

      Where did you come up with this?

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      • I hope nobody fucked up his system with Darksurf's instructions.

        Here:
        http://rapidshare.com/files/245611112/ati-drivers.tbz
        download that
        extract in /usr/local/portage/x11-drivers/
        make sure you have ~arch set for ati-drivers
        emerge ati-drivers
        eselect opengl set ati.

        AND DON'T FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS FROM Darksurf!

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        • Originally posted by mendieta View Post
          Do they have in-house people contributing code to the radeon and/or radeonHD repositories?
          Yes, they do. Also afaik most of the people who have been dedicating a bigger part of their attention span on r6xx/r7xx 3D last Spring and so have been AMD/ATi paid developers (including the ones they pay Novell to provide). If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't probably have nearly as much of the r6xx/r7xx specific code done in Mesa. (community attention seems to have been focusing more on r1xx-r5xx) And yes, they keep in touch with the community developers, both directly and through bridgman. And yeah, writing a documentation books is no small feat either.

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          • Cheers energyman.
            I was going to make my own ebuild tonight, but you've saved me the trouble!

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            • Originally posted by MostAwesomeDude View Post
              Things we don't have documentation for:

              - r128, r100, r200. Don't really need it, as we understand these really well, and the code for them is rather self-documenting.
              - Power management. We have most of the AtomBIOS stuff for power management, and it's being tested out, but we don't actually have docs for it. We still know how to do it, though.
              - UVD/UVD2. We will never see full UVD2 docs. Get used to it. UVD is another story, though; docs for that will show up at some point. Doesn't really matter, though, since we can use a shaderful state tracker (from Gallium) to do most of what these chips do.
              - Context management. This ability just doesn't exist, so of course there's no docs on it.
              - AES chip. Ditto.
              What about the Rialto AGP-PCIE-bridge? AGP cards still aren't really supported.

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              • Originally posted by he_the_great View Post
                constant ABI, which is a Windows thing.
                I'm not sure if a constant ABI is that important. It doesn't even have a constant API. (and yes, I know there are reasons for this)

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                • Originally posted by nanonyme View Post
                  Yes, they do. Also afaik most of the people who have been dedicating a bigger part of their attention span on r6xx/r7xx 3D last Spring and so have been AMD/ATi paid developers (including the ones they pay Novell to provide). If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't probably have nearly as much of the r6xx/r7xx specific code done in Mesa. (community attention seems to have been focusing more on r1xx-r5xx) And yes, they keep in touch with the community developers, both directly and through bridgman. And yeah, writing a documentation books is no small feat either.

                  Yes, I am sure they did have internal docs, but you need to work on them a lot before rel.easing them to the public.

                  Thanks, now I feel happier I bought an AMD/ATI system, and looking forward to buy a dedicated ATI PCIe card some time later this year.

                  Oh, and the trolls, how sad.

                  Cheers!

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                  • Wow guys I am really happy about this release!!

                    At LAST Hybrid Crossfire worked for me!!! Hurray!!

                    And I see no garbage at my screen when the PC shuts down!!

                    I recommend all of you to upgrade to this driver 9.6!

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                    • Originally posted by mendieta View Post
                      Yes, I am sure they did have internal docs, but you need to work on them a lot before rel.easing them to the public.
                      That's not at all what I said. I said the paid AMD/ATi developers had to write the internal docs. They published them close to last new year after which community has had the chance to participate in the coding effort. (but as I said, haven't apparently been very interested)
                      This conversation belongs to the opensource side, neeh?
                      Last edited by nanonyme; 06-17-2009, 02:59 PM.

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                      • Hey, guys, I'm here to help, as alway, we at Arch Linux try our best to contribute to the Linux environment. catalyst 9.6 and kernel 2.6.30 can work together it requires patching the kernel and the 9.6 catalyst, instructions:
                        http://www.kissuki.com/2009/06/2630-...rch-linux.html

                        Enjoy guys! I hope it works for you.

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                        • Thanks, kensai. There were reports of a stream of kernel error messages when using one of these patches (but that might have been a KCL patch rather than kernel patch). Did you see anything like that ?

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                          • Originally posted by bridgman View Post
                            Thanks, kensai. There were reports of a stream of kernel error messages when using one of these patches (but that might have been a KCL patch rather than kernel patch). Did you see anything like that ?
                            In fact, I didn't see anything like that.

                            We still get the very awesome:
                            [fglrx:firegl_find_any_map] *ERROR* Invalid map handle!<3>[fglrx:drm_vm_close] *ERROR* map not found -> inconsistent kernel data!!! vma_start:0x7f8d6f439000,handle:0xd2400000

                            from dmesg All in all performance is way better now at least on my laptop, and I feel happy again. Maybe 9.7 will make me angry again, but oh, well, that is life.

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                            • I suppose AMD doesn't intent to give us a "hotfix" with new kernel support like they do with Windows.

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                              • In current wine-git + catalyst 9.6 eve-online is working perfectly without patches, probably a lot of other shader model 3 games too.

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