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  • Can I donate a few coniz to open source radeon driver?

    Hi,

    I'd like to support open source radeon driver development with a few coinz. I googled a bit but did not found such possibility.
    Am I a bad googler or such donation to driver development is not possible?

    Thanks in advance

  • #2
    I don't think there's a central fund for radeon development. Some developers are paid by AMD, others by their distributions, some work on it in their free time. Now who of those would you want to donate to?

    The best donations come in the form of patches and useful bug reports, anyway

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    • #3
      Originally posted by rohcQaH View Post
      I don't think there's a central fund for radeon development.
      I think it should be
      Originally posted by rohcQaH View Post
      Some developers are paid by AMD, others by their distributions, some work on it in their free time. Now who of those would you want to donate to?
      I believe the development is coordinated somehow. Those coordinators can decide where to put extra money. E.g. they can make a kind of "prize" for best patch from developers working in their free time. Such approach can encourage more developers to help the radeon driver.

      Originally posted by rohcQaH View Post
      The best donations come in the form of patches and useful bug reports, anyway
      Not everybody is a developer. Not every developer is actually a driver developer

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      • #4
        This is good idea. It needs to be done.
        You can count on 25 from me for every ati card I purchase/upgrade.

        Im not buying workstation hardware, so I think 30% on original price of card are good, if they can reach you.

        It would also be great, you select which priority you want to boost in the driver. Ie powermanagment, 3D perfomance etc, stabilization etc.

        Very good idea,uaaquarius !

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        • #5
          Who is the coordinator? If X.org, they do accept donations.

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          • #6
            i send this problem to brigdman a long time ago..

            and no there is no solution...

            there is no anti-fglrx fireGL card to buy...

            amd get the point that opensource drivers are a good idear..

            but amd do not have any mechanism abaut the intention's of opensource customers

            amd try this; if you first install ubuntu 10-04 you get a nice basic on opensource driver if you wana more they tell you somthing like this: install FGLRX...

            if you need more support on an vga card they tell you buy a FireGL that gives you a special FGLRX support...

            LOL!

            the best way to support the opensource driver! (yes no fun now)
            is to do not buy a GPU (no fun now) and buy a Opteron6000!
            thats because only the CPU company part of AMD do have a big 40%'Linux' part!
            buy a Opteron6000 says something like this: 40% of all server CPUs going to 'Linux'
            40% of the money going into the linux support-. thats good.

            and this GOOD(CPU) side of AMD pay Bridgman and the other OpenSource devs!
            get the Point! not the GPU(bad)side of amd payes the opensource-devs!
            thats because linux (opensource+fglrx)do have 1% market share on the bad(GPU) side of the AMD company... they dont care abaut 1%! they care abaut 40% opteron!


            buy a 4 socket g34 tyan mainbaord(onboard matrox gpu) and 4 pices of AMD Opteron 6174

            and use software rendering!

            this supports the opensource-GPU driver team to the max!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by uaaquarius View Post
              I believe the development is coordinated somehow. Those coordinators can decide where to put extra money. E.g. they can make a kind of "prize" for best patch from developers working in their free time. Such approach can encourage more developers to help the radeon driver.
              If you're fine with donating to X.org instead of strictly to radeon, they could probably use the money to make their summer coding event even bigger and help raise attention to it. Encouraging smart students as coders in the projects is always a good idea.
              Oh, nevermind, they already do it, says another replier.

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              • #8
                FYI the GPU side of the business funds open source graphics driver development these days, beginning in Jan 2009.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bridgman View Post
                  FYI the GPU side of the business funds open source graphics driver development these days, beginning in Jan 2009.
                  o nice... ;-) now i can go to my bed and sleep well thank you very much.

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                  • #10
                    @bridgman

                    Basically that sounds cheaper than putting effort in releasing fglrx driver for "legacy" cards, don't you think so?

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                    • #11
                      I don't think so. I haven't done detailed costing for a while but last time I looked at the numbers the open source project was more expensive than maintaining legacy drivers would have been.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bridgman View Post
                        I don't think so. I haven't done detailed costing for a while but last time I looked at the numbers the open source project was more expensive than maintaining legacy drivers would have been.
                        For now, I'd definitely believe it. Hopefully once the r600g + Evergreen stuff is up + running + stabilized that balance will shift a bit. Long term, I'm hoping that the open-source strategy ends up saving you some money as it will possibly help to convince other hardware vendors to follow suit.

                        That being said, given that you do code-sharing between windows/fglrx, it might not end up that way, unless you consider that you're doing code/cost sharing via Gallium and state trackers with the other Mesa/Gallium hardware drivers.

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                        • #13
                          To the OP, I'd suggest either donating to X.Org, or possibly offering a bounty on a new feature or bug fix you want done.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Kano View Post
                            @bridgman

                            Basically that sounds cheaper than putting effort in releasing fglrx driver for "legacy" cards, don't you think so?
                            you only hurt linux,,, spend more money on open-source drivers are much better than do lagacy support of the FGLRX...

                            i think its your fear that's your lovely nvidia really goes down by an real good open-source driver!

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