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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

R600 Gallium3D Expands On Stream-Out By Default

The R600 Gallium3D driver is beginning to enable Stream-Out support by default for a greater selection of the Radeon graphics processors.
19 June 2012 - Finally - 6 Comments

Radeon DRM Finally Has HD 6000 Series HDMI Audio

The open-source Radeon DRM/KMS driver in the mainline kernel beginning with the Linux 3.5 release will finally provide support for HDMI audio on the Radeon HD 6000 "Northern Islands" graphics cards.
18 June 2012 - Radeon KMS Driver - 23 Comments

Radeon UMS Support To Be Dropped

AMD developers are planning to remove user-space mode-setting (UMS) support from the open-source Radeon graphics driver.
15 June 2012 - User-Space Mode-Setting - 6 Comments

AMD To Put An ARM Core On Future Fusion APUs

AMD will be placing an ARM Cortex-A5 on future-generation Fusion APUs as what initially they are saying is for hardware-based security measures via ARM TrustZone Technology.
13 June 2012 - Security Reasons - 89 Comments

AMD R600g LLVM Back-End Is Working A Bit Better

The R600g LLVM shader compiler back-end that's primarily intended for the Radeon Gallium3D compute support is now working a bit better for graphics support compared to when it was first committed.
11 June 2012 - R600g LLVM - 17 Comments

Radeon 6.14.5 Linux Graphics Driver Released

The xf86-video-ati 6.14.5 driver was released today with several changes.
7 June 2012 - New Changes - 4 Comments

Compute Code For AMD Cayman Lands In Mesa

Compute (OpenCL) support for the AMD Radeon HD 6900 "Cayman" graphics cards has now landed in Mesa Git master.
7 June 2012 - Finally Here - 11 Comments

AMD R600g Still Tackling Hierarchical Z

While patches have been around for more than one year to support Hierarchical Z on the ATI/AMD R600 open-source driver, the Gallium3D support still hasn't been merged.
5 June 2012 - Hierarchical Z - 36 Comments

An AMD Legacy Driver With X Server 1.12 Support

Fear not for all of those who have been very angry over AMD dropping the Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 support in the same release as providing X.Org Server 1.12 support, word on the streets of Toronto is that their legacy driver branch does have support for this latest xorg-server release.
5 June 2012 - There Will Be - 22 Comments

AMD Evergreen Compute Support Lands Mainline

There were more OpenCL/compute-related commits to Mesa Git master on Friday afternoon. The main item is that the Radeon HD 5000 series has its compute support hooked-up.
1 June 2012 - Woohoo - 21 Comments

AMD: Experimental "ShadowPrimary" Acceleration

Hidden away within the new Catalyst 12.6 Linux driver are 2D acceleration improvements. These improvements aren't visible by default but there's a special command to activate this "ShadowPrimary" support.
1 June 2012 - 2D Accel - 14 Comments

AMD Catalyst Linux 12.6 Beta Has Arrived

While AMD is changing their Catalyst driver program and there wasn't any Catalyst 12.5 release, there is a public beta of Catalyst 12.6 for Linux.
1 June 2012 - Changes - 46 Comments

AMD Linux Catalyst: Hardware Owners Screwed?

Word is breaking today on the Windows-focused web-sites that AMD's Catalyst driver program has fundamentally changed. How does this impact Linux Catalyst users? Unfortunately, it will likely prove to be in a bad way.
31 May 2012 - Breaking - 183 Comments

AMD Radeon OpenCL On Linux - Is It That Bad?

A story run on Phoronix yesterday was AMD admitting it has Linux problems and are looking to improve the situation. In large part it comes down to improving OpenCL on Linux with the Catalyst driver, but how does the OpenCL Linux performance stand today? Here's some benchmarks to answer that question.
30 May 2012 - Benchmarks - 17 Comments

AMD Admits It Has Linux Problems

AMD admits it has had some Linux support problems with its graphics drivers and they'll be working to improve the situation.
29 May 2012 - Failed - 63 Comments

2013: A Good Year For Open-Source AMD?

For those disappointed by the results of the open-source vs. closed-source AMD Radeon graphics driver results on Linux at this time, you may be more pleased going forward and carry hope for open-source AMD advancements in 2013.
24 May 2012 - Next Year - 103 Comments

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