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    Phoronix: Open-Source Radeon HD 6000 Series Still Borked

    The first of the AMD Radeon HD 6000 "Northern Islands" graphics cards launched late last year, and while the open-source Linux driver support is technically there for those interested in this alternative to the proprietary Catalyst driver, the support is still largely broken. Here is a quick look.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=16179

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    So glad that I stuck with my 5970 instead of jumping to this minor generation update. It doesn't introduce a new level of OGL/D3d APIs, nor does it shrink the process size! Completely useless imho.

    People looking for a good card to run on r600g should try to find a HD5870 or 5970 -- the support for evergreen is really in a much more sane state than Cayman / NI. Six months from now they may be on par, but six months is an eternity for people who upgrade their graphics card every 2 - 3 years.

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    • #3
      another example that some others software like drivers made by ati or nvidia , or even the "Tuxera NTFS" and nftfs M$ filesystem should be used .
      linux would earn a lot to use whats best

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jcgeny View Post
        another example that some others software like drivers made by ati or nvidia , or even the "Tuxera NTFS" and nftfs M$ filesystem should be used .
        linux would earn a lot to use whats best
        There is people that also care about freedom and open source code and in my point of view on the long term open source code is always better because it gives you freedom (you not dependant from any company to provide you something that they might stop at any moment for what ever reasons).

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jcgeny View Post
          another example that some others software like drivers made by ati or nvidia , or even the "Tuxera NTFS" and nftfs M$ filesystem should be used .
          linux would earn a lot to use whats best
          OMG what a troll!

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          • #6
            i am still stunned on how easy people that spent their life/work on computers all day (coders etc) get trolled

            @jcgeny

            you get a 2/10

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            • #7
              Maybe it could also be tested with the drm-radeon-testing branch of the kernel. There should be the latest work available that maybe didn't make it to mainline yet.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by allquixotic View Post
                People looking for a good card to run on r600g should try to find a HD5870 or 5970
                Good luck finding one. They appear to be out of production, and pre-owned cards are sold for record prices.

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                • #9
                  Michael, no one from AMD has ever said this

                  Further out, we are excited about the Radeon HD 8000 series when there should be a major open-source milestone in that we'll hopefully see on-time open-source Linux support for this hardware right around the time the hardware first ships.
                  Yet you repeat it constantly. You're setting everyone up for a lot of disappointment if it doesn't come about. All AMD has said is that for that generation of cards they were involved from the beginning of the hardware design for the first time - they haven't said anything about the timing of releasing support for it. Further, hasn't this milestone already been reached? Llano support is ready, isn't it, and that is just being released right now.

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                  • #10
                    Good catch. The "fact" is that we will be able to work on open source driver design in parallel with proprietary driver design for the first time. The "hoped for outcome" is solid open source driver support closer to launch time, and possibly the first launch-time support for a new generation of discrete GPUs.

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