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    Phoronix: AMD Press Talks Up Major Open-Source Linux Driver Features

    Good news: AMD's press / global communications team is finally talking up their open-source Linux graphics driver features. Bad news: they appear to still need lots of training over their own Linux graphics drivers. Or is there some Linux driver shake-up happening? Here's some of what they are promoting right now with the AMD Linux graphics driver...

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

  • #2
    Lol.

    Is it a prerequisite for those jobs to be clueless about what's going on in your company?
    Embarassing. :/

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    • #3
      Originally posted by phoronix View Post
      The Thief video game is powered by Unreal Engine 3 but there's been no indication of Linux support coming at all. Even if there were Linux support, the open-source Radeon driver would be extremely unlikely to be able to handle running Thief -- if it managed to even render the game correctly with its OpenGL implementation, the performance would likely be horrid with the open-source driver.
      If I recall correctly, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation also runs on Unreal Engine 3, and at least on my Radeon HD7870 (radeonsi mesa 10.2) it works quite well at 1920x1080 with almost all graphical options set to high. It's true that there are a few minor glitches (mainly shadows on walls) but the game rendering is more than acceptable. So good job for the devs!

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      • #4
        Now they openly show what many of us already knew: The AMD marketing department is lead by morons that don't have a clue.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by entropy View Post
          Lol.

          Is it a prerequisite for those jobs to be clueless about what's going on in your company?
          Embarassing. :/
          Yea, it seems more often than not dedicated marketing teams (and often times customer support teams as well) spout buzzwords without actually understanding the things they're saying. It's too bad...

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          • #6
            The Catalyst 14.2 Beta has just been released for Windows but indeed it doesn't look like there will be a Linux build just yet.

            PR guys often have no idea what they are talking about, but I think it is cool that they managed to send anything at all to the Linux community. Hopefully they'll get some training and do some more (useful) work in the future.

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            • #7
              The overall moody state of mind I tend to see everywhere around me lately begins to be tiresome.
              Instead of joking about a marketing department talking about Linux, shouldn't we just be pleased that they now actually take the time to talk about their Linux support?

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              • #8
                well michael just as a side note running Tera Online(which is based in ut3) in Wine all set to ultra + sweetFX(no smaa since mesa don't support it) shader optimizer for hlsl FX i manage in a 7770 using archlinux git mesa to reach 17+ fps stable where my windows7 partition manage 25-35fps, so the performance is not that abismal as you imply.

                as a note i believe the difference is mostly because wine is falling back to software somewhere because gallium hud shows low activity in the GPU and since few days ago and latest llvm-3.5 i almost get 30 fps stable in unigine valley all set to ultra and 8x msaa at 1366x768, i suspect at 1920x1080 the GTT or Vram are getting too much pressure, i hope marek future gtt/vram pataches help a bit here

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                • #9
                  Suggestion to Michael - respond to them with "I would like to test this and many other titles, but due to the lack of hardware contribution from AMD (compared to Nvidia) - it would be a really hard task to do. Please help me join your party!"
                  Because,.. it is so. AMD do terrific job with open driver, but they completely ignore that you are the number 1 Linux (graphical) benchmarking source.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by brosis View Post
                    Suggestion to Michael - respond to them with "I would like to test this and many other titles, but due to the lack of hardware contribution from AMD (compared to Nvidia) - it would be a really hard task to do. Please help me join your party!"
                    Because,.. it is so. AMD do terrific job with open driver, but they completely ignore that you are the number 1 Linux (graphical) benchmarking source.
                    Hehe yeah just make a photo of the 2000+ USD worth of GPUs NVIDIA sent you and attach it to the e-Mail.

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                    • #11
                      While my trust in the ability of marketing people to read and comprehend something technical is close to nil, it is also true that they must have read the words "OSS" "Linux" somewhere. Moreover the publisher of Thief (Square Enix) did support Ouya at start so unless they where badly burned by the failure of that platform, supporting SteamOS/Linux maybe is not that unreal... but I'm probably just fantasizing here.

                      I definitely support brosis's suggestion!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by blackout23 View Post
                        Hehe yeah just make a photo of the 2000+ USD worth of GPUs NVIDIA sent you and attach it to the e-Mail.
                        Hm, pretty good!
                        Just make a photo of all nvidia cards you have, Michael. With a badge above saying "Donated by Nvidia".
                        Send a photo via email, and put "Then help me join your party, please!" as header. A picture is worth 1000 words.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by fedesog View Post
                          [...] supporting SteamOS/Linux maybe is not that unreal...
                          I see what you did there!

                          I'm interested in the new Thief game, but decided not to buy it (at least for now). I'd buy/preorder it in an instant, if they announce it for Linux But I guess, the PR team just screwed up

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rvdboom View Post
                            The overall moody state of mind I tend to see everywhere around me lately begins to be tiresome.
                            Instead of joking about a marketing department talking about Linux, shouldn't we just be pleased that they now actually take the time to talk about their Linux support?

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                            • #15
                              THATS FREAKING AMAIZING!!!

                              I mean, what exciting there can be in AMD at long last acknowledging their Linux OSS drivers, placing it in the same spot as Linux Catalyst driver?

                              ;P


                              GJ AMD floss team.

                              PS I bet its Valve doing They have somehow stronger pushed for porting to Linux. While they support Catalyst, and AMD was doing the same... Game dev's disagreed. Catalyst simply lack compared to r600g in some important areas (while pure perf. is not so important unless it is). So r600g *must* be supported on Linux. So AMD ought to have received more request for support from game devs about r600g. And now we see some PR acknowledgment too. (Valve and not HIB, since HIB games tend to be developed by people without reach to the AMD engineering teams, only directly to floss team via normal public channels)

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