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    Phoronix: Christmas Comes In July For An Open ATI

    Many Linux users will be celebrating the Christmas holiday in five months, but it seems there's a holiday worth celebrating today for open-source ATI Linux users.Just hours ago AMD released a new AtomBIOS parser, but there is even more worth celebrating. It turns out that David Airlie with Red Hat has been secretly working on kernel-based mode-setting support using AtomBIOS...

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

  • #2
    I again congratulate AMD for being awesome. I can vouch that their commitment to FOSS has helped them sell three Radeon HD 4850's in my circle of friends alone.

    All those folks at RedHat and Novell rock also.

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    • #3
      Yay! It would be cool to do kernel mode setting with Rage 128 cards using the r128 driver, too. Hopefully it wouldn't be too hard.

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      • #4
        @ethana2

        None of em want to play games with wine, right

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        • #5
          Excellent news. Hope it bears fruit for AMD soon enough.

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          • #6
            Yay, good job to David and RadeonHD.

            Originally posted by Kano View Post
            @ethana2

            None of em want to play games with wine, right
            No Kano, they dualboot, duhh
            Last edited by sundown; 07-25-2008, 09:14 PM.

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            • #7
              When we have FOSS drivers built on their open specs, WINE won't be an issue.

              One of my friends got two of the cards and has them in crossfire. nVidia doesn't support SLI under linux.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ethana2 View Post
                nVidia doesn't support SLI under linux.
                Ummm, ya they have, for quite some time now, going on three years.

                Crossfire however is still not supported in linux yet.

                http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...item=267&num=1
                Last edited by deanjo; 07-25-2008, 10:41 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                  Ummm, ya they have, for quite some time now, going on three years.

                  Crossfire however is still not supported in linux yet.

                  http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...item=267&num=1
                  Whoa! That's a pretty bad misunderstanding on my part.
                  ..well that's great! SLI under linux! ..heh.

                  <olaf>Thank you for corrrrrecting me </olaf>

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                  • #10
                    good deal! I love seeing the progress being made. after almost two years, it seems like the video card in my laptop (X1300) will finally do everything I want it to under open source goodness. Hell, I might even have to upgrade my tower from a geforce 6200 to a R500 card.

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                    • #11
                      *celebrates and jumps around*

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                      • #12
                        This really is great news. I really appreciate all the hard work. AMD has won at least a few dozen purchases from me (2 for personal use, the rest for work). I just really hope they don't forget the earlier radeon cards.

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                        • #13
                          Unfortunately, it doesn't build for me:

                          Code:
                          rhd_driver.c:1148: error: ‘struct RHDRec’ has no member named ‘DMAForXv’
                          rhd_driver.c:1004: warning: unused variable ‘DriScreenInited’
                          make[3]: *** [radeonhd_drv_la-rhd_driver.lo] Fehler 1
                          make[3]: Leaving directory `/home/d2kx/xf86-video-radeonhd/src'
                          make[2]: *** [all] Fehler 2
                          make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/d2kx/xf86-video-radeonhd/src'
                          make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Fehler 1
                          make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/d2kx/xf86-video-radeonhd'
                          make: *** [all] Fehler 2
                          This is what I get at the end... any ideas?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by d2kx View Post
                            Unfortunately, it doesn't build for me
                            Yep, the same problem for me.
                            Ubuntu 64 Bit
                            Any Suggestions?

                            edit: Someone helped me in irc: http://radeonhd.org/index.php?page=a...08-7-26#result
                            After installing the packages everything worked
                            Last edited by bugmenot; 07-26-2008, 08:18 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ethana2 View Post
                              Whoa! That's a pretty bad misunderstanding on my part.
                              ..well that's great! SLI under linux! ..heh.

                              <olaf>Thank you for corrrrrecting me </olaf>
                              Actually you were mostly right. Sure, you can add a second video-card to your pc, and the nVidia-driver will tell you it's using the cards in SLI, but that's about it. There's practically no performance-gain.

                              My guess is when Crossfire hits fglrx it will be way superior to nVidias SLI in terms of performance gain, but honestly I don't care. SLI and Crossfire are both pointless imho.

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