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Running The Radeon Driver With GLAMOR

While the open-source ATI driver doesn't have some super fast 2D acceleration architecture equivalent to Intel's SNA or a developer making prolific contributions to the DDX, as of earlier this month the Radeon driver has support for GLAMOR.
22 July 2012 - How-To - 3 Comments

AMD Prepares "Bobcat 2" Compiler Support

While the AMD Linux graphics team is busy proposing an LLVM back-end staging area, the AMD CPU folks have begun work on the GCC compiler and preparing support for the next-generation Bobcat processors.
20 July 2012 - AMD GCC - 6 Comments

AMD Proposes LLVM Back-End Staging Area

Tom Stellard of AMD has proposed a staging area for LLVM back-ends, similar to the staging area of the Linux kernel.
20 July 2012 - LLVM Back-Ends - 1 Comment

HyperZ: Errata & The Catalyst Command Stream

Following yesterday's article about Radeon Gallium3D HyperZ support defeating open-source developers, Jerome Glisse has clarified the situation after trying to make this code work properly for more than a half-year.
14 July 2012 - Open-Source Is A Bitch - 52 Comments

R600g Gallium3D HyperZ Defeats Developers

Jerome Glisse has published a new patch to enable HyperZ support for the AMD Radeon (R600g) Gallium3D driver. While this patch could be pushed to Mesa, it's not being enabled by default as it's still causing some GPU lock-ups and developers can't seem to figure out the cause. Jerome is now moving onto other work.
13 July 2012 - R600 Gallium3D - 16 Comments

GLAMOR Radeon Shows 2D Acceleration Promise

It looks like, thanks in part to an existing shoddy EXA 2D acceleration implementation, that the GLAMOR-based Radeon acceleration support for xf86-video-ati may work out quite well.
12 July 2012 - 2D Accel - 48 Comments

AMD Using GLAMOR For Open HD 7000 Series 2D

There's now open-source GPU-based 2D hardware acceleration support for the AMD Radeon HD 7000 "Southern Islands" graphics cards using the xf86-video-ati driver.
10 July 2012 - 2D Acceleration - 9 Comments

RadeonTop: A New Utility For Open AMD Users

A frequent Phoronix Forums contributor has created RadeonTop, a new utility for users of the open-source ATI/AMD Radeon Linux graphics driver.
8 July 2012 - RadeonTop - 25 Comments

EXA Support Finally Comes To The R128 Driver

It has been fourteen years since the ATI Rage 128 graphics cards were released, but some within the open-source community are still using this vintage graphics hardware and even advancing the ATI driver.
6 July 2012 - About Damn Time - 28 Comments

AMD Releases New Catalyst Linux Legacy Driver

While owners of ATI/AMD Radeon HD 5000/6000/7000 series graphics cards have already had a Catalyst 12.6 Linux driver -- which many Linux users found to be disappointing -- today AMD has released a Catalyst 12.6 "Legacy" Linux driver for those using the older generations of Radeon hardware.
5 July 2012 - Catalyst 12.6 - 20 Comments

Better Radeon DRM Code Documentation Comes

For any independent developers that have been wanting to explore ways to contribute to the open-source Radeon driver but have been intimidated by the lack of documentation within the code, the situation is beginning to improve.
29 June 2012 - Finally - 9 Comments

The Last ATI/AMD Radeon UMS Driver Release

David Airlie announced the xf86-video-ati 6.14.6 DDX driver release today, which will be the final open-source ATI driver release that supports user-space mode-setting (UMS). Going forward, only Radeon kernel mode-setting (KMS) will be supported.
29 June 2012 - xf86-video-ati 6.14.6

AMD Catalyst 12.6 For Linux Disappoints

Following the changing of the Catalyst release schedule and dropping old hardware support, Catalyst 12.6 for Linux has been officially released. However, it's already disappointing some Linux binary driver users.
29 June 2012 - Sadness - 65 Comments

Open-Source Radeon HD 7000 Series Still Lacking

While Intel's Ivy Bridge processors are only two months old, there's already a feature-rich driver and the full programming documentation available. Meanwhile for the Radeon HD 7000 series from AMD that is now more than six months old, the open-source driver is still incomplete and the documentation is lacking.
28 June 2012 - Six Months Later - 34 Comments

Open-Source Radeon Tries Again For PCI-E 2.0

David Airlie sent in some PCI Express 2.0 patches for the Linux kernel DRM this morning, which will hopefully allow supported Radeon graphics cards to run at PCI-E 2.0 speeds by default.
26 June 2012 - Woohoo - 12 Comments

AMD Comments On XvBA Video Situation

Last week there were XBMC developers that wrote a public message on Phoronix about AMD's problems with video playback acceleration using their Catalyst Linux driver. The developers called AMD out on their shortcomings and now today there's a response out of AMD.
26 June 2012 - XBMC - 33 Comments

AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz - Is It Worth It On Linux?

In its battle against NVIDIA's Kepler, yesterday AMD released the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz graphics card. Here's some thoughts from a Linux perspective.
23 June 2012 - Radeon HD 7970 GHz - 28 Comments

Using GPU Video Acceleration Under Linux

For those intrigued by the article written by XBMC developers after being frustrated by AMD's Catalyst Linux driver, here's a look at some of the other options for GPU-based video acceleration under Linux.
22 June 2012 - Few Thoughts - 13 Comments

AMD To Open-Source Its Linux Execution & Compilation Stack

In the discussion last night about AMD not having any plans to suspend their proprietary Linux driver, John Bridgman of AMD shared some interesting information about AMD planning to provide a full execution stack in open-source form.
20 June 2012 - Really - 26 Comments

AMD Has No Plans To Suspend Catalyst For Linux

Since AMD's decision to discontinue HD 2000/3000/4000 series support from the Catalyst driver plus other changes that upset some hardware owners, there's been some rumors that AMD may be discontinuing development of the Catalyst Linux driver and focus solely upon the open-source AMD Linux driver.
19 June 2012 - No Changes - 37 Comments

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