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    Phoronix: xf86-video-ati 6.12.0 Driver With R600/700 Support

    The xf86-video-ati 6.11 driver was released less than a month ago, but coming out today is now the xf86-video-ati 6.12.0 release. What this release brings is most notably EXA and X-Video support for the ATI R600 and R700 generations of graphics processor...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzE0Mw

  • #2
    Finally good mainline tear free video on r600/700 hardware.

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    • #3
      So good they are releasing more often in the open source driver area, but still no power management.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kensai View Post
        So good they are releasing more often in the open source driver area, but still no power management.
        Power management will get there when somebody codes it there. Not before, but possibly after.

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        • #5
          The status page shows it is a WIP and there was an article recently that showed the driver already doing a fair job of being power efficient. Sure, plenty of room for improvement and such, but at least there is something there

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          • #6
            In order to benefit from this R600/700 acceleration, however, an updated kernel DRM is required.
            Can someone clarify, updated from what? Is this update available somewhere?

            With this driver and a RadeonHD 4850 would I get 3d acceleration or just xv?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by russell_h View Post
              Can someone clarify, updated from what? Is this update available somewhere?

              With this driver and a RadeonHD 4850 would I get 3d acceleration or just xv?
              there is no 3D support yet for R600-R700 chipsets.

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              • #8
                "Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" He chortled in his joy.

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                • #9
                  This driver + updated Kernel DRM will both be avaible with Ubuntu 9.04. In fact, they will be uploaded this weekend. So Ubuntu 9.04 supports 2D EXA acceleration and Xv video acceleration for every AMD card there is.

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                  • #10
                    Awesome news. Almost there man, almost there .

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                    • #11
                      THe new Kernel DRM modules should do the same for the Radeonhd driver, too.

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                      • #12
                        Fantastic news, thanks to all involved!

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                        • #13
                          Hats off to the people dedicated to make this possible.

                          Thank you all!

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                          • #14
                            It's one big step forward! I've read, that the free driver performs better in 2D than the fglrx does - and hell: even that one outperforms a faster nVidia massively

                            So let's hope, they'll get the rest (HD Video, 3D and Power Management) done soon too.

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                            • #15
                              It is always usefull to do one quick driver test on many different hw/sw configurations, but right now i don't have any HD card. Anyway it is great news, so thank you Alex - even i can't try this now i know that your working results can't be bad!

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