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    Phoronix: New Open-Source ATI Driver Releases

    With the Linux 2.6.33 kernel having been released last week where the ATI kernel mode-setting (KMS) DRM code left the kernel's staging area, we knew a new ATI X.Org driver release was imminent. Over the night a new stable DDX driver update has been pushed out for xf86-video-ati as well as a new pre-release for the KMS-supportive 6.13 version that also carries other changes.The xf86-video-ati 6.12.5 is the new stable update that carries bug-fixes and other work...

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

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    How can i get this pre release? Wanna get rid of fglrx..

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bolzerrr View Post
      How can i get this pre release? Wanna get rid of fglrx..
      Depends on your distro...

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      • #4
        Am I correct when I assume that I won't get to use all these awesome new features on my openSUSE 11.2 (Kernel .31) and have to wait for 11.3?

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        • #5
          In mid 2009 I posted here saying we would have some decent open source ati drivers with distros starting from Ubuntu 10.10 (and similars).

          It seems.... things are actually going like this

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mudig View Post
            Am I correct when I assume that I won't get to use all these awesome new features on my openSUSE 11.2 (Kernel .31) and have to wait for 11.3?
            You can always compile the respective parts (kernel, xorg-drivers, mesa,...) on your own, which I would advise you to try out on a non-production machine/installation and only if you are really curious and/or want to help the developers.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DanL View Post
              Depends on your distro...
              Ubuntu Karmic.. never tried open source drivers, do i also have to install mesa?

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              • #8
                Absolute Garbage

                This 6.12.5 release is absolute and utter garbage. It does not address many longstanding serious bugs (which are fixed in git). So what is the point of releasing a piece of nonsense like this ?

                Is this yet another stalling tactic by the incompetent "developers" ?

                I don't want to hear any excuses about "it's not that easy now that there are many different pieces to consider, KMS, mesa, TTM blah blah fucking blah". A year without any stable releases that have shown the slightest advance is pathetic beyond belief.

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                • #9
                  gordboy, are there specific bug fixes which you feel should be in the 6.12 update stream and not just in 6.13 ?

                  My understanding was that the 6.12 update stream only received the very low risk bug fixes, and that more intrusive fixes would be picked up in the 6.13 driver.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by gordboy View Post
                    This 6.12.5 release is absolute and utter garbage. It does not address many longstanding serious bugs (which are fixed in git). So what is the point of releasing a piece of nonsense like this ?

                    Is this yet another stalling tactic by the incompetent "developers" ?

                    I don't want to hear any excuses about "it's not that easy now that there are many different pieces to consider, KMS, mesa, TTM blah blah fucking blah". A year without any stable releases that have shown the slightest advance is pathetic beyond belief.
                    What specific bug are you seeing? Remember, bugs that aren't reported have less chance of being fixed. It's a stable branch so it does not get new features.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mudig View Post
                      Am I correct when I assume that I won't get to use all these awesome new features on my openSUSE 11.2 (Kernel .31) and have to wait for 11.3?
                      You can add the kernel HEAD repo to yast: http://download.opensuse.org/reposit...openSUSE_11.2/

                      I'm currently running 2.6.33-rc7 on 11.2 from this repo, but the servers appear to be down at the moment.

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                      • #12
                        You know, speaking as someone whom is frequently labelled an asshole, pandering to someone that abusive is just silly. You're putting a ton of work into software he gets for free and was never promised nor guaranteed when he bought the hardware; nobody owes him a damn thing. I wouldn't expect you to help me after I called you incompetent, and I don't see why you'd help him, either. All you're doing it telling him and everyone else that the way to get what they want is to insult and demean you guys.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mudig View Post
                          Am I correct when I assume that I won't get to use all these awesome new features on my openSUSE 11.2 (Kernel .31) and have to wait for 11.3?
                          You need a newer kernel for KMS, but the rest of the features will work fine with UMS, although r6xx+ 3D requires 2.6.32 or newer.

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                          • #14
                            A couple of points

                            First off, Mr Deuchar, one of the bugs (23208) was signed off by yourself. A case of selective memory, by the looks of it.

                            And Mr Bridgman, nobody asked anyone to organize the code so that what should be simple fixes, never see the light of day. Using the phrase "more intrusive fixes" is not merely inadequate, it is intentionally misleading.

                            And as for being someone who never contributes anything to open source, this is nonsense. The only reason I feel justified in kicking ass, is because I have contributed plenty, and continue to do so.

                            So what I'd like to see is this : either get 6.13 released, or leave the project and let more competent people take over. It's that simple. Apart from ALSA, I can't think of one other important area of linux where the failure to release has been so prevalent and damning.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by gordboy View Post
                              So what I'd like to see is this : either get 6.13 released, or leave the project and let more competent people take over. It's that simple. Apart from ALSA, I can't think of one other important area of linux where the failure to release has been so prevalent and damning.
                              Did you not RTFA? 6.13-rc1 is already out, it's not a mystical pie in the sky anymore. The final should be here sometime this month.

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