Common sense is that the same thing that was true yesterday is probably still true today unless noted, and i have no idea why you think otherwise.
Nothing is ever guaranteed. EVER.Can you people guarantee
The company could go bankrupt next week and stop supporting the driver immediately.
But they've shown no sign of doing anything but fully supporting it for years now, and you seem paranoid.
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And lets hope that someday they might try to replace the blob with the open source driver (maybe one more policy change ).
One (or two) final question(s).
Does this link http://xorg.freedesktop.org/wiki/RadeonFeature/ is an "accurate" representation of the gap between gallium and catalyst in terms of features ? And can we say that dynamic power management is complete ? we have seen a lot of benchmarks and reports in phoronix claiming that it is working perfectly but it is still marked as "work in progress". Same for "Hybrid Graphics"
Many thanks to all you people for taking the time to answer my posts.
In same time different manufacturers might have different cooling systems, frequencies, etc. Catalyst share lot of code with Windows driver so most likely it's have information about this specifics and likely some GPUs will be more power efficient or quiet with proprietary drivers.
Some guy on reddit posted very interesting link.
Alex Deucher is going to talk about "AMD's New Unified Open Source Driver" on XDC2014 (8-10 October 2014):
http://www.x.org/wiki/Events/XDC2014/Program/AMD is moving to unify it's current open and closed source Linux drivers over a common, shared, open source kernel driver.
This talk will provide an overview of our plans for the future and the challenges we face as we move forward.
Author: Alex Deucher
Hopefully there will be video from XDC.
This was a great article
It sounds very much like this will fix the issue with driver support entering legacy status. Legacy status is such a dumb idea on Linux because it means that we also have to keep with legacy Xorg and legacy kernels to match.
Hopefully if this shim layer can provide a stable layer of abstraction, the "legacy" drivers should continue to work?
Cant wait to dig out my old Radeon 9700. That thing was perfect for developing / testing games on low powered hardware