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  • Ubuntu Has Another Special ATI Catalyst Driver?

    Phoronix: Ubuntu Has Another Special ATI Catalyst Driver?

    The past three releases of Ubuntu Linux have included unreleased ATI Catalyst drivers. It started with Ubuntu 8.10, which got an early-access driver as the official Catalyst Linux driver that was available to the public at the time had not supported X Server 1.5...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=Nzk1MQ

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    Big thanks.
    If the Driver supports Mobility HD 5 Series, it will be a pleasure to help.
    "ara" already got a mail from me.

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    • #3
      ...the same procedere as every year, james.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bugmenot View Post
        ...the same procedere as every year, james.
        not really last year the test was in the closed beta program with NDA!..

        this shows me the first step to an open-beta-program not in general but for the ubuntu driver!

        i join up if this is NDA free stuff.

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        • #5
          I DON'T WANT FGLRX, IT CLAIMS TO BE SOMETHING IT ISN'T: A WORKING DRIVER FOR MY GPU.

          Am I going against the netiquette?

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          • #6
            Good luck getting ATI to fix their bugs in their proprietary Linux driver. Note that ATI has a special bugtracker for that:

            http://ati.cchtml.com/

            The site has been down for a while, but then again nobody at ATI reads these bug reports anyways .

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            • #7
              Originally posted by monraaf View Post
              Good luck getting ATI to fix their bugs in their proprietary Linux driver. Note that ATI has a special bugtracker for that:

              http://ati.cchtml.com/

              The site has been down for a while, but then again nobody at ATI reads these bug reports anyways .

              Hopefully they're doing maintenance (or at least update the tracker so we can properly flag new driver issues). The unofficial wiki is grossly outdated too last time I bothered to check it.

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              • #8
                We don't go into the bug tracker every day but each new bug ticket or update gets emailed to a developers in each of the major driver teams (X, OpenGL, video etc..).

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                • #9
                  I don't think there's a point in flagging new driver issues, if they are not going to fix old ones. I had a look around there about a week ago, it left the impression on me of a digital graveyard. Sure there were new bug reports added, but the ones already there were just R.I.P.

                  The fact that that ATI refers to this bug tracker (and the wiki) as:

                  "These sites are community resources, and are not supported by, or affiliated with AMD in any way."

                  Really speaks for itself.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bridgman View Post
                    We don't go into the bug tracker every day but each new bug ticket or update gets emailed to a developers in each of the major driver teams (X, OpenGL, video etc..).
                    LOL, after I commented on a bug report about a week ago, I got a message that it was being forwarded to mtippet. I don't believe he work at ATI any more

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by monraaf View Post
                      LOL, after I commented on a bug report about a week ago, I got a message that it was being forwarded to mtippet. I don't believe he work at ATI any more
                      Yeah, I think he has the password to change who incoming bugs get routed to. I'll start bugging him to fix some of those bugs; that should get the routing table updated

                      BTW are you saying that we don't *fix* reported bugs (which I would disagree with strongly) or that we don't update the workflow state of bugs when we fix them and leave that to the original reporter ? Those are two very different things.

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                      • #12
                        I gave up ati proprietary drivers... the out-of-the-box experience on ubuntu 10.04 is great with my X350 and unless you need higher performances for some 3d stuff, there is absolutely no need to change your driver. I just can't wait to have VDPAU implemented... (Assuming it will be documented one day )

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                        • #13
                          I'm saying that IMO ATI/AMD doesn't take the whole bug reporting process for their proprietary Linux driver very serious, and as a result people might not feel inclined to report bugs.

                          A bug tracker that has been down for days, bug reports being forwarded to someone who is no longer employed by ATI/AMD, no feedback on most bug reports, come on. Also what is the reason for the bug tracker to be not affiliated with AMD in any way? It is a bug tracker for AMD's proprietary driver after all. I find this rather insulting.

                          I'm sure you have a different bug reporting process for your valued customers, and bugs probably do get fixed as a result of that. But I don't get the feeling that for the 'ordinary' Linux user filing bugs is worth the effort.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by raulromania View Post
                            Big thanks.
                            If the Driver supports Mobility HD 5 Series, it will be a pleasure to help.
                            "ara" already got a mail from me.
                            I don't know if you're using 10.1 in its current state (no official support), but I'm using 10.1 on my HD 5650 mobility without any problem -- had to configure xorg.conf manually, but otherwise it's working great - games, suspend/resume, compiz.

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                            • #15
                              I switched over to win7 until everything get more efficient. I mean, there are a many thnigs which are under development to ensure a nice workflow.
                              It will take a while to fully support all of the hardware its in my ACER 7740G (http://geizhals.at/eu/a497111.html) Hopefully lucid will do most of it.

                              It is not the problem to the configure xorg.conf manually. The package scripts for karmic are broken for 10.1. So I gave up. Its not my cup of tea to give up so fast, but i dont want to waste so much time with configuring my system. You are using arch, right? Probably i will try it these days.

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