AMD's John Bridgman has shared that the open-source R600/700 3D driver for Linux is becoming usable, slowly but surely. Months after releasing documentation
, a programmer's guide
, and sample code
, their Mesa driver is beginning to do useful things -- more so than just rendering simple triangles
The ATI R600/700 3D driver is derived from the Radeon driver rewrite
and is currently living in a branch off of Mesa. DRM code that is also not living in the mainline code-base is also required for any level of 3D support. Bridgman shares on his blog
that now approximately 25% of their test cases are passing, but the remaining majority are either crashing or rendering incorrectly.
With not even yet reaching the glxgears milestone
, this 3D driver is currently not too useful for owners of the ATI Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 series hardware. However, hopefully by the end of summer it will in good standing and usable.