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

AMD Is Still Contributing Code To Linux

AMD

Published on 15 November 2012 02:38 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD
2 Comments

Many Linux users have been mad over AMD closing down its Operating System Research Center resulting in many AMD Linux open-source developers losing their jobs. Last week I wrote that ultimately it shouldn't be too worrisome for Linux users wanting to use AMD processors and chipsets on Linux and this still looks to be the case.

In last week's exclusive article I shared that AMD employees out of California, Texas, and India would likely be picking up the slack that's left by the closure of AMD's Dresden OSRC office that did much of the interesting and experimental AMD CPU enablement for Linux. Last week were even new compiler patches for AMD's future Steamroller CPUs on Linux (bdver3). Due to AMD's financial hardship, they may be doing less experimental and non-core Linux enablement, but they're still around.

As a sign of this, new AMD patches for Linux have been flowing this week. Boris Ostrovsky, an AMD "Senior Member of Technical Staff", has been contributing. Ostrovsky has been at AMD since 2007 and was with the Operating System Research Center but is based in the United States and still on AMD's active roster. Today he sent out a small patch for the Family 16h microcode and he's also still working on QEMU concerning AMD's virtualization support. "Update QEMU's knowledge of CPUID bit names. This allows to enable/disable those new features on QEMU's command line when using KVM and prepares future feature enablement in QEMU."

As already mentioned, the AMD open-source graphics driver team is also not affected by the recent layoffs.

AMD might not be as strong as Intel with their large-staffed Open-Source Technology Center, but they're still striving to improve their product support on Linux.

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 Linux News
  1. Fedora 22 Is Being Released Next Tuesday
  2. OpenWRT 15.05 Preparing Improved Security & Better Networking
  3. Using The New LLVM/Clang OpenMP Support
  4. Zapcc Claims To Be A "Much Faster C++ Compiler"
  5. Godot 1.1 Engine Release Brings New 2D Engine
  6. Intel VA-API Driver 1.6 Is Coming
  7. Canonical Is Reportedly Considering An IPO
  8. GNOME 3.18 - GTK3 Now Supports RandR 1.5
  9. Fedora 22 Risks Being Delayed Beyond Next Week
  10. Systemd 220 Has Finally Been Released
  11. LibreOffice 5.0 Beta 1 Released
  12. Allwinner Publishes New CedarX Open-Source Code
Latest Articles & Reviews
  1. Btrfs RAID 0/1 Benchmarks On The Linux 4.1 Kernel
  2. The State Of Various Firefox Features
  3. Intel Iris Graphics Performance With Mesa 10.6
  4. Fedora Workstation 22 Is Looking Great, Running Fantastic
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. The Linux 4.0 Kernel Currently Has An EXT4 Corruption Issue
  2. Rust 1.0 Language Officially Released
  3. AMDGPU Open-Source Driver Code Continues Maturing
  4. Oculus Rift Suspends Linux Development To Focus On Windows
  5. Wine 1.7.43 Works On Desktop Shell Window Support
  6. Spec Ops: The Line Is The Latest Linux Shooter
  7. Microsoft Open-Sources The Windows Communication Foundation
  8. RadeonSI Gallium3D Driver To Be Enabled For Android