AMD has officially released Catalyst 13.9 for Linux today.
AMD developers working on the Radeon X.Org driver (xf86-video-ati) have enabled GLAMOR acceleration support by default at build time.
With Git activity this evening, StreamOut / OpenGL Transform Feedback is now enabled for the AMD "RadeonSI" Gallium3D driver for the Radeon HD 7000 and 8000 series graphics processors.
The AMD Radeon HD 7000 "Southern Islands" graphics cards launched in December of 2011, but even nearly two years later while there has been open-source Linux graphics driver code available for months, Ubuntu Linux still doesn't have out-of-the-box support for these new AMD Radeon graphics cards.
After the kernel-side AMD Berlin APU support was merged for the Linux 3.12 while the user-space Mesa Gallium3D and Radeon X.Org driver support was just merged on Friday evening for this first HSA APU.
The AMD "RadeonSI" Gallium3D driver for Radeon HD 7000/8000 series hardware support by the open-source Linux graphics driver is about to support OpenGL 3.0. While the hardware is capable of OpenGL 4.4, the open-source RadeonSI driver has only advertised OpenGL 2.1 compliance.
The Linux 3.11 kernel hasn't even been released yet but the Radeon DRM driver changes for the Linux 3.12 kernel are already lined up and waiting to be pulled into the drm-next tree.
It was anticipated R600 SB shader optimizations might be enabled by default for this Radeon Gallium3D driver and now they have been for Mesa 9.3/Mesa 10.0.
While Marek Olšák is most known for his improvements to the R600 Gallium3D driver, the new open-source AMD employee's latest code activity has been on the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.
After many months of development, the ported open-source AMD Radeon DRM/KMS driver from the Linux kernel has been merged into FreeBSD trunk. This AMD kernel graphics driver now provides modern Radeon/FirePro graphics support for BSD users with FreeBSD 10.0 but might be backported to FreeBSD 9.
The AMD Radeon "R300" Gallium3D driver has finally enabled MSAA anti-aliasing support for the very old ATI R300 and R400 class graphics processors.
Some months ago there was talk of doing LLVM point releases and it looks like this might actually happen now for the LLVM 3.3 series thanks in part to AMD.
Vadim Girlin has proposed a Mesa patch that would enable the "R600 SB" shader optimizations to be enabled by default for the Radeon Gallium3D driver. This R600 SB support has already become very popular with Linux graphics enthusiasts for its performance-enhancing abilities.
Nearly three weeks after Catalyst 13.8 Beta for Linux, AMD has now released the second Linux graphics driver beta of the month.
In recent months I have delivered a number of R600 SB shader optimization benchmarks for the AMD Gallium3D shader back-end that's part of Mesa 9.2. I've also delivered tests of the R600 LLVM back-end that's also been progressing in recent months and viewed as the future for AMD's open-source driver. This weekend are some independent tests of the R600 LLVM and SB back-ends.
While OpenBSD lagged behind FreeBSD in getting the initial kernel mode-setting (KMS) graphics support mainlined, the BSD platform now has support for AMD Radeon graphics.
While the open-source AMD Radeon Linux graphics driver now has support for the latest graphics cards, there's finally UVD video decoding, and the Linux 3.11 kernel brings dynamic power management, there's still features being desired by those using this open-source Linux graphics driver on ATI/AMD GPUs.
Newer AMD Radeon GPUs are closer to having HDMI audio support with the open-source DRM/KMS driver.
The Linux 3.11 kernel is still weeks away from being released, but already AMD's Alex Deucher has begun queuing up changes for their open-source Radeon driver for the Linux 3.12 kernel.
Marek Olšák, the well known Radeon Gallium3D contributor and AMD's newest open-source employee, has implemented multi-sample anti-aliasing (MSAA) support for the "RadeonSI" Gallium3D driver plus made other changes.
Another round of bug-fixes for the Radeon Dynamic Power Management code has been submitted for the Linux 3.11 kernel.
Going back to June on Phoronix there have been Ubuntu Mir/XMir performance benchmarks. Up to this point these benchmarks have only been done with Intel and Nouveau graphics drivers, since the AMD Radeon driver has been rather problematic with XMir. Sadly, this still appears to be the case.
Version 7.2.0 of the xf86-video-ati DDX driver was released this morning. While the X.Org drivers aren't too exciting these days with most of the really great work happening within the DRM or Mesa/Gallium3D drivers, there's still an interesting number of changes to xf86-video-ati 7.2.0 for Radeon GPU hardware support.
For those concerned about the Reverse PRIME and multi-screen Reverse Optimus enablement for the AMD open-source X.Org driver, the support is now present in its Git tree.
The AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta driver was released today and with it comes full support for OpenGL 4.3, support for the Linux 3.10 kernel, and various fixes.
Marek Olšák, the very well known independent contributor to Mesa/Gallium3D and particularly for the open-source Radeon graphics drivers, is now employed by AMD.
With the belief that the Radeon dynamic power management (DPM) support is in good shape, it's a great time to try out this feature of the open-source AMD Linux graphics driver. DPM has the capability of increasing the performance for some Radeon GPUs while for other GPUs it will lead to lower power consumption, extended battery life, and lower operating temperatures.
Hours after David Airlie posted a new Nouveau X.Org driver with "multi-screen reverse Optimus" support, AMD's Alex Deucher ported the code to the open-source Radeon driver.
The dynamic power management support for the open-source AMD Radeon graphics driver on Linux should now be in good shape.
OpenRadeonBIOS is a new open-source project seeking to create an open-source video BIOS for AMD/ATI Radeon graphics cards.
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