In continuation of the Phoronix article from a few days ago about the open-source AMD Linux driver should finally be working for R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards, it is indeed the case but it's not without some setup challenges and potential bugs.
After renewed pressure on open-source AMD 3D support not working, it seems they've finally managed to get the Radeon R9 290 series graphics cards working on the open-source Linux driver between some updated GPU microcode and kernel driver changes.
Back in May I wrote about how AMD's open-source support for Hawaii was broken months after the Radeon R9 290 series was introduced... Fast forward to today, the AMD Hawaii open-source support is still broken.
Earlier this month AMD published an open-source HSA Linux driver for exploiting the potential of their much-promoted Heterogeneous System Architecture. This driver, now known as the "AMDKFD" driver, is up to its second revision and continues being analyzed by developers on the mailing list.
Just a very short time after Nouveau added support for OpenGL 4 indirect drawing, AMD developers have now added support for the related OpenGL 4.x extensions to the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.
Those dependent upon AMD's Linux binary blob can rejoice that today there's an updated driver available after a rather quiet June for Catalyst Linux development.
AMD has just published a massive patch-set for the Linux kernel that finally implements a HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) in open-source. The set of 83 patches implement a Linux HSA driver for Radeon family GPUs and serves too as a sample driver for other HSA-compatible devices. This big driver in part is what well known Phoronix contributor John Bridgman has been working on at AMD.
A DRM-fixes pull request for the open-source Radeon Linux graphics driver for the Linux 3.16 kernel is going to enable BAPM by default for some APU systems.
Christian König has proposed user pointer support for the Radeon DRM driver to match the Intel driver's recent feature.
A stable update to the xf86-video-ati "Radeon" X.Org driver was released on Wednesday.
A number of commits have landed within mainline Mesa today for improving the open-source Radeon driver's video encoding support via the recently exposed VCE video encoding engines and the recently introduced OpenMAX state tracker to Gallium3D.
The latest official word from an AMD representative is that, yes, their Mantle API will come to Linux but they're not yet providing any time-line or firm support commitments.
In a new AMD blog post about more Mantle-supported games being on the way, Linux is mentioned.
Alex Deucher has sent in another pull request for the DRM-Next code targeting the Linux 3.16 kernel.
This week at Computex Taipei, AMD is showing off a FreeSync external display in action as their alternative to NVIDIA's G-Sync.
In continuation of the Phoronix article from a few days ago about AMD Adds Gallium3D H.264 Profile Encoding Support, that work has now landed within Mesa's Git code-base.
The next round of Radeon DRM driver improvements have been mailed in for landing in the Linux 3.16 kernel.
AMD's Leo Liu has published a set of four patches that improve Gallium3D's video support, particularly around H.264 encoding for Radeon GPUs.
Since writing about the features of the Catalyst 14.6 Beta earlier today, the x86/x86_64 proprietary Linux driver has surfaced on a third-party web-site for those wishing to try out this latest AMD Linux graphics driver.
The first beta release of the Catalyst 14.6 proprietary Linux graphics driver will soon be available.
A new Catalyst 14.4 Linux driver revision has been posted.
AMD has launched their second-generation R-Series APUs and CPUs today that were previously known under the "Bald Eagle" codename.
More than one week after writing about the broken AMD Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" open-source support, the non-Catalyst code still appears broken within the latest code.
In an effort to aid distribution vendors maximizing their disk space and simplify things, AMD developer Marek Olšák has posted a patch for possible take-up for a "Mega Radeon" driver.
Besides AMD's R9 290 "Hawaii" open-source support being broken and still not working right even after the hardware has been available to consumers for a half-year, with the Linux 3.15 kernel there's also problems right now for those with newer AMD Radeon GPUs.
While the AMD Hawaii open-source is broken, at least for older "GCN" era graphics cards supported by the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver the performance is starting to match -- or even exceed -- the proprietary Catalyst Linux graphics driver.
While AMD's Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards have been out on the market for more than a half-year, the open-source driver support still isn't working quite right when it comes to having GPU hardware acceleration.
Just under one month ago AMD released their AM1 APUs that resurrected the Sempron and Athlon branding for these low-end APUs packing up to four "Jaguar" CPU cores with Radeon R3 Graphics.
After getting the small Radeon DRM changes queued for Linux 3.15, AMD developers have gone ahead and merged their open-source AMD Mullins graphics driver support into the DRM library (libdrm), xf86-video-ati DDX, and Mesa.
AMD has a new Radeon DRM kernel driver patch pending that is able to offer Linux gaming performance improvements by improving the video memory bandwidth performance by the open-source graphics driver.
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