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Is AMD Open-Sourcing Something Next Week?

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Published on 28 May 2011 07:35 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD
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Some Linux users seem to think that next week, Advanced Micro Devices will be open-sourcing -- something -- relating to their graphics stack. Firmware? ATI Avivo? OpenCL / Stream work? UVD unit specifications?

There's this post in the forums by Qaridarium, the German Phoronix reader known from time-to-time to rattle a bit. On several occasions in the past though, he has been right. He claims that AMD will open-source "important closed source stuff."

The date he gives is that this drop will take place on Tuesday, 31 May. As of right now, I haven't heard from AMD or any of their partners yet saying any drop is scheduled to take place, let alone Tuesday, the day after a holiday. There is some stuff coming down the pipeline, but if something of importance hits on Tuesday it will be surprising.

On my Twitter feed, I have hinted at another sort of drop coming, but it's not from AMD. Regardless, the discussion and speculations can continue in the forums over this holiday weekend.

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