1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking Benchmarking Platform
Phoromatic Test Orchestration

The Last ATI/AMD Radeon UMS Driver Release

AMD

Published on 29 June 2012 11:21 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD
Comment On This Article

David Airlie announced the xf86-video-ati 6.14.6 DDX driver release today, which will be the final open-source ATI driver release that supports user-space mode-setting (UMS). Going forward, only Radeon kernel mode-setting (KMS) will be supported.

Today's news shouldn't come as a surprise since I mentioned earlier this month that Radeon user-space mode-setting would be dropped. Radeon KMS has been stable for years now on Linux, new ATI/AMD hardware is only being enabled along the KMS code-paths, the UMS paths are rarely being tested these days, and it's just a lot of old code that can be stripped away.

For the limited open-source Radeon driver development team, this is a big win. The only ones losing out in this situation are those users of Solaris and BSD where there is incomplete kernel mode-setting ports to their kernels. These users will need to stick to the 6.14.x driver series or get onto providing proper Linux-compatible KMS implementations.

The current user-space mode-setting code will be branched in Git should anyone care to take over maintenance on the 6.xx.x series. Meanwhile the KMS-only code will be found in Git master and the open-source Radeon developers will be developing this new code towards an xf86-video-ati 7.0.0 release.

With this xf86-video-ati 6.14.6 release is just two small fixes (including a small UMS fix for fixing CRTC DPMS state checking) and bumping the libdrm requirement to 2.4.36 for KMS support.

The release announcement for this last UMS release can be found on the mailing list. Radeon is the last of the three main open-source drivers (with Intel and Nouveau being the other two) to still support user-space mode-setting.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Articles & Reviews
  1. Trying Out The Modern Linux Desktops With 4 Monitors + AMD/NVIDIA Graphics
  2. Turning A Basement Into A Big Linux Server Room
  3. NVIDIA's $1000+ GeForce GTX TITAN X Delivers Maximum Linux Performance
  4. OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 15.04 vs. Fedora 21 Tests: Linux Sweeps The Board
  5. The New Place Where Linux Code Is Constantly Being Benchmarked
  6. 18-GPU NVIDIA/AMD Linux Comparison Of BioShock: Infinite
Latest Linux News
  1. Fedora 22 Alpha Now Available For AArch64 & PowerPC64
  2. Systemd Developers Did NOT Fork The Linux Kernel
  3. PulseAudio 7.0 To Enable LFE Remixing By Default
  4. Features & Changes Coming For Mir 0.13
  5. How Far Valve Has Come: Three Years Ago They Needed OpenGL Linux Help
  6. Audacity 2.1 Improves Noise Reduction, Adds Real-Time Effects Preview
  7. Linux 4.0-rc6 Kernel Released
  8. Automatically Managing The Linux Benchmarks Firing Constantly
  9. The Big Features Of The Linux 4.0 Kernel
  10. Mesa's Android Support Is Currently In Bad Shape
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. Introducing The Library Operating System For Linux
  2. Improved OpenCL Support For Blender's Cycles Renderer
  3. Allwinner Continues Jerking Around The Open-Source Community
  4. Open-Source Driver Fans Will Love NVIDIA's New OpenGL Demo
  5. GNOME 3.16 Released: It's Their Best Release Yet
  6. Systemd Change Allows For Stateless Systems With Tmpfs
  7. Ubuntu 15.04 Final Beta Released
  8. Red Hat Is Rolling Out A VirtIO DRM/KMS GPU Driver