FreeBSD Radeon Support Might Be Good In Mesa 9.2
Written by Michael Larabel in BSD on 4 July 2013 at 05:54 PM EDT. 12 Comments
The porting of the open-source Radeon Linux graphics driver to FreeBSD is coming along well. The developer behind this work is hoping that the user-space Radeon Mesa/Gallium3D driver changes will be merged upstream for Mesa 9.2.

While there wasn't too much progress for June, a new Radeon FreeBSD driver update came this week to the AMD GPU FreeBSD Wiki.

There's now a yet-to-be-merged patch available that may solve a TTM crashing issue. Beyond that, the note dated from 2 July states, "In parallel, patches to Mesa were submitted upstream. Some of them are already committed. I hope that all of them will be integrated before Mesa 9.2."

Mesa 9.2 will be branched soon in anticipation of a release in August. Hopefully the necessary FreeBSD support code will land in time to improve the R600 Gallium3D driver for non-Linux users.

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