Fedora 19 Readies AMD "RadeonSI" Driver
Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 29 March 2013 at 10:15 AM EDT. Add A Comment
Fedora 19 will be one of the first desktop Linux distributions shipping with accelerated Radeon HD 7000 series graphics support.

Jerome Glisse of Red Hat has been readying the open-source stack for the Radeon HD 7000 series on Fedora 19. The Radeon HD 7000 series open-source driver support with acceleration requires building the "RadeonSI" Gallium3D driver inside Mesa 9.1/master, the latest libdrm, new xf86-video-ati, the GLAMOR library, and also the yet-to-be-released version of LLVM for its Radeon GPU back-end, beyond needing a modern Linux kernel too.

Namely due to the new Gallium3D driver, the experimental LLVM back-end, and needing the GLAMOR library for 2D acceleration support, Radeon HD 7000 series adoption hasn't been quick. The open-source driver stack has been slow to mature but is now finally handling basic OpenGL in a decent manner while not yet being up to the same level as the R600g driver for Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000/5000/6000 series graphics cards.

The package review request for RadeonSI Fedora 19 support can be found on the Fedora devel list.

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