Open-Source ATI R500 EXA & XAA Support
For those of you using the RadeonHD driver with a Radeon X1000 (R500) graphics card, today it has picked up EXA and XAA support! This support is still very initial -- with no EXA accelerated (DMAed) up or download yet -- but it means the start of open-source 2D acceleration for these ATI graphics cards. The git commits pushing this XAA/EXA support were made just minutes ago to xf86-video-radeonhd on FreeDesktop's server. This support has also been announced on the RadeonHD mailing list. Furthermore, there is additional commentary in the RadeonHD IRC channel logs. This accelerated support at this time is not available for the Radeon HD 2000 (R600) series.
If you are using Ubuntu, check out our Ubuntu RadeonHD installation guide. We are now in the process of benchmarking the RadeonHD driver with EXA/XAA acceleration. Perhaps the RadeonHD v1.2 driver is in store for the near future?
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