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AMD Has Open-Source Driver For HD 8000 Series

While AMD has yet to officially introduce their Radeon HD 8000 series, published today was the initial open-source Linux graphics driver support for handling the Radeon HD 8800 "Oland" graphics cards.

4 February 2013 - Radeon HD 8800 - 86 Comments
CS Memory Accounting For Radeon Gallium3D

With the Radeon Gallium3D driver (and Mesa/Gallum3D drivers in generally) finally moving on to properly handling more visually demanding and modern OpenGL games and other workloads, it's time for CS memory accounting to be implemented within the open-source driver.

31 January 2013 - R600g - 6 Comments
Alan Cox Calls Fedora 18 "The Worst Red Hat Distro"

Alan Cox, the venerable Linux kernel developer presently employed by Intel and an avid open-source enthusiast, has lashed out against the recent release of Fedora 18. Cox calls the new Fedora release, "the worst Red Hat distro I've ever seen." Alan ended up switching to Ubuntu as a result of his disastrous experience with Fedora 18.

23 January 2013 - Alan Cox - Add A Comment
AMD R600 Gallium3D Is Mixed On Fedora 18

After yesterday running some Intel Ivy Bridge graphics tests on Fedora 18 as a preview of future extensive benchmarks coming from the "Spherical Cow" release, here's some tests of the AMD Radeon R600 Gallium3D on this week-old Fedora Linux release compared to its "Beefy Miracle" predecessor from 2012.

22 January 2013 - Fedora 18 - 4 Comments
AMD's Catalyst Legacy Linux Driver Updated To 13.1

While AMD has went months without updating their Catalyst "Legacy" Linux graphics driver for the Radeon HD 2000 through Radeon HD 4000 series graphics cards to support new X.Org Server / kernel releases and other bug-fixes, they decided today to finally put out an updated legacy driver! This updated AMD Catalyst Linux Legacy driver is tagged as version 13.1.

21 January 2013 - Catalyst 13.1 - 27 Comments
AMD's Open-Source RadeonSI Driver Sees New Patches

It's been one year since AMD introduced their Radeon HD 7000 "Southern Islands" graphics cards, but the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver for providing an open-source OpenGL driver for this latest-generation of AMD GPUs is still far from being in a readied state for AMD Linux customers.

17 January 2013 - RadeonSI - 15 Comments
The State Of Open-Source Radeon Driver Features

As a result of a discussion about when the AMD open-source drivers will be feature complete, AMD's John Bridgman summarized the state of some Radeon driver features like UVD video decoding, Hyper-Z, Hybrid Graphics, OpenCL, and other AMD Radeon GPU functionality on Linux.

16 January 2013 - Radeon GPU - 223 Comments
Marek Makes MSAA R300 Performance Optimizations

Recently there was finally MSAA support added to the R300 Gallium3D driver. While multi-sample anti-aliasing finally made it to this open-source GPU driver that supports the old ATI R300 through R500 GPUs, benchmarks I did last week showed the R300 MSAA performance was a mess. Fortunately, Marek Olšák has made some significant performance optimizations to the R300g MSAA support.

15 January 2013 - Marek - 8 Comments
AMD R600g Now Does TBO, UBO & Advertises GLSL 1.40

Last year UBO and TBO for the Radeon R600 Gallium3D driver was talked about and early patches proposed, but merged on Friday was finally this support for Uniform Buffer Objects and Texture Buffer Objects. With the OpenGL UBO/TBO support, the Radeon R600g driver is now advertising GLSL 1.40 as needed for OpenGL 3.1 compliance.

12 January 2013 - Changes - Add A Comment
Radeon Kernel Driver Deprecates UMS Mode-Setting

The open-source AMD Radeon Linux graphics stack has been deprecating the user-space mode-setting (UMS) code for a while and is now finally making the kernel-space mode-setting (KMS) support the default Radeon interface for the Linux kernel.

6 January 2013 - Radeon UMS - 9 Comments
MSAA Anti-Aliasing Finally Comes To Radeon R300g

While the AMD Radeon "R300g" Gallium3D driver has been effectively "done" for a while, only this weekend has multi-sample anti-aliasing (MSAA) support come to this open-source graphics driver that supports the ATI Radeon X1000 (R500) GPUs and older hardware.

6 January 2013 - Radeon R300g - 30 Comments
AMD Made OpenCL A Bit Faster This Year On Linux

To be published on Thursday and Friday of this week is the annual "year in review" articles for the AMD Catalyst and NVIDIA Linux graphics drivers. While those articles are looking at the OpenGL performance for all driver releases made in the past year, some OpenCL benchmarks were also conducted.

19 December 2012 - AMD OpenCL Benchmarks - 7 Comments
UBO+TBO Support Comes To Radeon R600 Gallium3D

David Airlie recently published UBO and TBO patches for Gallium3D that allowed the Softpipe driver to work with the OpenGL Uniform Buffer Object and Texture Buffer Object features. Airlie has now worked on AMD's R600 Gallium3D driver to support these OpenGL 3.x features as part of GLSL 1.40 support.

16 December 2012 - UBO+TBO Support - 27 Comments
Radeon 3.8 DRM Picks Up Last Round Of Features

While there was already one round of driver changes for the AMD Radeon DRM kernel driver to be found in the Linux 3.8 kernel, followed by a second pull days later that landed a-synchronous DMA engine support, there's now a third set of changes targeting the Radeon driver in this next kernel release.

14 December 2012 - Radeon 3.8 - 3 Comments
AMD R600g HyperZ Support Is Now In Better Shape

It was just days ago that the R300 Gallium3D driver got HyperZ support fixed-up and was finally enabled by default for bettering the OpenGL gaming performance with the open-source Linux graphics driver. Now it looks like the newer R600g driver is getting into shape for properly handling ATI/AMD HyperZ.

14 December 2012 - AMD R600g - 10 Comments
AMD's A-Sync DMA Code Makes For Fast Performance

After the benchmarks of the Radeon Gallium3D sub-allocator that in some tests yields more than a 25% performance boost, initial testing was done of the new AMD a-sync DMA engine support for the open-source Radeon driver.

12 December 2012 - Tests - 21 Comments
Marek Further Improves Radeon Mesa Performance

With a patch sent to the Mesa development list on Monday, Marek Olšák has made another significant performance improvement to the commonly used R600 Gallium3D driver for AMD Radeon graphics cards.

12 December 2012 - R600 Gallium3D - 35 Comments

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