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Open-Source R500 Driver Released

The very first (and very rudimentary) open-source Xorg driver for the ATI Radeon X1000 "R500" series has been released! However, before downloading it, this driver only contains code to initialize and set video modes on the Radeon X1300 to X1600 graphics cards. RandR 1.2 support for the R500 driver is being worked on and may surface shortly. Their current road-map is for getting the Radeon X1600 to X1900 series initialize using this driver, add the RandR 1.2 support, add simple 2D acceleration, work on R500 3D reverse engineering, and implement TTM DRM for memory management. Today's first open-source driver release for the R500 series is available through git on FreeDesktop.org. As this driver progresses we will provide additional information and ultimately benchmarks. The release announcement can be read on the Xorg list.
12 June 2007 - 4 Comments

ATI 6.6.192 Is Out, ATI randr-1.2 Updated

David Airlie has pointed out on his blog that a lot of work has been done on the Radeon randr-1.2 branch to make it a lot more useful, as after Radeon 6.7, the randr-1.2 branch will be merged with the Radeon X.Org driver and 6.7 will be the last release to support mergedFB mode. Airlie also mentioned that a ATI 6.6.192 pre-release is now available. This is a driver for X server 1.3 and includes a lot of fixes made since the last release candidate.
21 May 2007

AMD Announces The "Phenom Family"

Known to enthusiasts as "Barcelona" for months, AMD's first quad-core processor series has received its new product name. AMD will not be using any "Athlon" tag with their quad-core parts but instead will be known as "Phenom". While the AMD Phenom processors are not yet available, they will be so shortly. The AMD Phenom announcement can be read in the AMD Press Room. Will The AMD Phenom processors be "Phenom"-enal? You'll need to wait to find out.
14 May 2007

AMD Announces The HD 2000 Lineup

AMD has now officially announced the Radeon HD 2000 "R600" generation of graphics cards (also the first to be branded AMD instead of ATI). Two press releases were issued about these new mobile and desktop GPUs, which can be read here and here. There is also a new product page for the ATI HD 2000 Graphics Family. The Phoronix technical preview (with Linux words) on the HD 2000 family can be read in our AMD Radeon HD 2900XT Preview. You can also share this Phoronix article here and discuss it in the Phoronix Forums.
14 May 2007

ATI Has a New Commitment

According to Chris Blizzard, taking place at this year's Red Hat Summit is word from AMD's Henri Richard who has made known their commitment on improving their fglrx Linux drivers. More information to come soon.
10 May 2007 - 1 Comment

The ATI R600 on Linux: Good or Bad?

After multiple delays and going through numerous revisions, the ATI/AMD R600 (Radeon 2000 series) GPU family is finally scheduled for released towards the middle of May (circa May 14). Earlier this week some new Microsoft Windows benchmarks for the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT surfaced which shows this high-end GPU outperforming NVIDIA's flagship 8800 series. But how well will the Radeon HD 2000 series run under Linux? We have been reporting for several months that we know for a fact ATI/AMD has been working on prompt fglrx R600 support after the troubles that had occurred with the R500 (X1000) series support. However, will the performance in the new fglrx drivers be any better for the R600 series than it was for the inaugural R500 support? Will AMD schedule its new Catalyst driver rewrite for Linux at the same as the R600 launch? Under Linux with the respective binary blobs, what will be the NVIDIA equivalent to the HD 2900 XT and HD 2900 XTX when it comes to the straight-up performance? While we will answer all of these questions after the R600 launch, you can share your thoughts on the potential ATI/AMD R600 impact on Linux in the Phoronix Forums.
25 April 2007

AMD Knows Its Problems

Phoronix Forum member Pinx had spotted a new entry in the AMD Customer Care Knowledge-base. This entry was created on April 2 and then was last modified on April 8. In this entry they finally (publicly) acknowledge no support for AIGLX, Beryl, Compiz, MythTV, and TV TIME by the fglrx Linux drivers. The entry can be read here. Remember, things can change and they still can add the support :)
10 April 2007 - 14 Comments

Linux Catalyst Control Center

The AMD Catalyst Control Center for Linux is now available. This fireglcontrolpanel replacement ships with the fglrx 8.35.5 driver (released minutes ago) and has a ton of features. We have all of the details and plenty of screenshots covered at Phoronix. The new driver and AMD Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition (AMDCCCLE) can be discussed in the Phoronix Forums. Please Digg here.
28 March 2007

ATI 6.6.191 Driver Released

The ATI 6.6.191 display driver has been released. No no, not the fglrx blob but instead a new release for the open-source ATI Radeon display driver. The ATI 6.6.191 release is a driver in the path to the ATI v6.7.0. The 6.6.191 driver contains major rewrites of the output subsystem and other changes. RandR 1.2 code will be merged with the ATI Radeon driver once X.Org 7.3 is out. The release announcement can be found at FreeDesktop.org.
27 March 2007

A Call To Action

Many Linux users have expressed concern over ATI's Catalyst Linux drivers for various reasons, but most of these users seem to be taking the wrong approach. These users express their disapproval and seek improvements by flaming on forums, forming petitions, bombarding the BugZilla, and using the ATI feedback form. However, this isn't really effective. On Michael's Phoronix web-blog he has outlined some strategies for actively engaging ATI/AMD's OEM/ODM/AIB partners in seeking Linux display driver improvements. He also states that at least one major OEM is interested in improved Linux drivers, but they are afraid of adverse effects to the Windows Catalyst drivers.
20 March 2007

R500 Reverse Engineering

Today I heard from Daniel Stone who is one of the people working on the R500 reverse engineering. At this point they are still in the early stages of this new driver but within a few weeks they hope the register dumps will become useful... More Information.
5 March 2007

AMD 690 Series Chipset

AMD has today launched the new 690 series Chipset. The AMD 690 Chipset incorporates a ATI Radeon X1250 GPU (including Avivo!) and much more for use with AMD processors. The AMD press release is available here. Phoronix will be covering the AMD 690 Chipset under Linux in the near future.
28 February 2007

Radeon RandR 1.2

David Airlie has announced from his blog that he has merged the ATI RandR 1.2 code into the ATI tree in the 1.2 branch. In his blog entry he had also expressed disappointment for this code as it relies upon the old Radeon system with two CRTCs to two outputs. As a result, Airlie has started his own randr-1.2-tng branch.
25 February 2007

ATI/AMD fglrx 8.34.8 Available

AMD 8.34.8 Display Driver Review. Forum Link. AMD Linux Link.
21 February 2007

Fedora 7 With ATI/AMD fglrx

If you are interested in running the AMD fglrx display drivers with Fedora 7 (Test 1), Michael Larabel is providing details on this process at MichaelLarabel.com. At the time of posting this news entry, he is still working on verifying that the new packaging scripts are working with Fedora 7. Stay tuned.
2 February 2007

New ATI fglrx Control Panel?

It looks like AMD/ATI is working on improving the fireglcontrolpanel, which right now lacks a ton of functionality. However, reports are saying that AMD is working on a new Qt Catalyst Control Panel for Linux, which is rumored to be completed by the end of the calendar year. More information is available in the Phoronix Forums.
30 January 2007

Is The ATI Driver Really "Evil"?

Coming across this Digg article yesterday afternoon I found many of the comments to be quite inaccurate (and in some cases comical). A majority of the comments consisted of users bashing the fglrx drivers by typing a variety of obscenities. Those that had bothered to explain themselves were mostly disturbed due to the lack of Composite and Beryl/Compiz support. But does this really equate to the driver being evil and ATI/AMD not caring about their customers? Additional comments on this situation can be read at MichaelLarabel.com.
30 January 2007

ATI Year in Review 2006

After publishing our NVIDIA AYiR 2006 earlier this month, we have now posted our ATI AYiR 2006. This nine page piece covers and re-tests all twelve of the fglrx display drivers released this year. We also share a few details about the forecast for ATI next year when it comes to their Linux software. This article can be discussed here and Digged here.
21 December 2006

2006 Open-Source AYiR

CNET News has constructed a 2006 year in review for open-source. Among the worthy highlights for this year in regards to open-source software was the public debate on the GNU GPL v3 license, Sun Microsystems picks the GPL for Java, and Microsoft making a Linux pact with Novell. Be sure to share your thoughts on this year's open-source news in the Phoronix Forums.
20 December 2006

AMD 8.32.5 Display Driver

Advanced Micro Devices has released the ATI fglrx 8.31.5 Linux display driver. This new driver brings X11R72 support, official Radeon X1950 series support added, and quite a few bug fixes. The latest Linux display drivers for x86 and x86_64 along with accessing the release notes can be accessed from the Proprietary ATI Linux Driver page. The Phoronix review of these drivers can be found here along with Radeon X1950PRO Linux benchmarks. If you run into issues or want to share your thoughts on these drivers, be sure to stop by the forums.
13 December 2006

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