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?