Good news: AMD's press / global communications team is finally talking up their open-source Linux graphics driver features. Bad news: they appear to still need lots of training over their own Linux graphics drivers. Or is there some Linux driver shake-up happening? Here's some of what they are promoting right now with the AMD Linux graphics driver.
AMD has mainlined its support for hardware-accelerated open-source H.264 video encoding into Mesa for recent Radeon GPUs.
AMD has published a second version of their open-source Linux driver code for exposing the "VCE" video engine on modern Radeon GPUs under Linux via OpenMAX for accelerated H.264 video encoding.
Christian König has added an H.264 encoding interface to the general video code for Gallium3D that will ultimately be leveraged by the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.
The Radeon R600 Gallium3D driver has picked up support for another OpenGL extension that's mandated by the OpenGL 4.1 specification.
Since last month's debut of the AMD Kaveri APUs there have been many Phoronix articles delivering Linux test results of the A10-7850K high-end APU. For those that unfortunately don't read Phoronix on a daily basis, here's a recap of some of our findings to date.
After previously talking about the patches, as of this evening the OpenGL 3.3 support has officially arrived within Mesa for the AMD R600 Gallium3D driver with the Radeon HD 2000 series and newer GPUs.
AMD is doing another large and important open-source graphics driver code drop this morning. This morning AMD is publishing their VCE code that allows for hardware-based video encoding.
Following the GCC 4.9 Kaveri benchmarks and Clang 3.4 benchmarks with Kaveri, here's some other benchmarks from GCC looking at the impact of "-march=bdver3" and other CPU tuning flags from the AMD A10-7850K APU on Ubuntu Linux.
The first major Linux Catalyst 2014 release is now available.
Yesterday I wrote about Geometry Shaders support proposed for the R600 Gallium3D driver, a major OpenGL 3.2 feature and is needed for getting the R600g driver up to par with RadeonSI and the other Mesa/Gallium3D drivers either at or nearing OpenGL 3.3 compliance. Some Phoronix readers expressed outrage that this initial GS support was limited to the Radeon HD 5000 series and newer, but now there's an early patch to provide geometry shaders to older AMD hardware.
AMD launched their new Windows graphics driver today that supports their new Mantle API as an alternative for game developers to Direct3D or OpenGL. However, there's still no indications of foreseeable Linux support.
David Airlie at Red Hat has proposed OpenGL Geometry Shaders support for the R600g driver, but right now it only supports the Radeon HD 5000 "Evergreen" GPUs and newer.
At Facebook's Open Compute Summit the folks at AMD have announced their first 64-bit ARM-based server CPU. AMD will soon begin sampling of this AMD Opteron A1100 series processor and evaluation board.
AMD's Open64 compiler hasn't seen a release in nearly one year while for the upstream Open64 project it's been over two years since the last upstream release.
The AMD Cryptographic Coprocessor (CCP) is to be supported by the in-development Linux 3.14 kernel.
If you're one of the owners of the few AMD Radeon GPUs based upon "Oland" like the HD 8570/8670 graphics cards, open-source UVD support is coming.
A few days ago we ran a story entitled A Backdoor In AMD's Catalyst OpenCL Library? While it was later cleared up by a tweet from an AMD engineer, AMD has now issued an official statement.
For those anxious to see more AMD A10-7850K "Kaveri" APU performance numbers under Linux besides what was shared in yesterday's AMD A10-7850K Kaveri: The Linux Introduction and AMD A10-7850K Kaveri: Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu Linux, here's some early result files available for comparison purposes.
A few hours ago I wrote that AMD would release a new Catalyst Linux driver today and now they've delivered in having same-day AMD Kaveri Linux graphics support when using their binary driver.
For those Linux users that may have their hands on AMD Kaveri APUs early or are just looking for a new Catalyst Linux driver in hopes of new bug-fixes, AMD will release today their "AMD 4th Generation APU launch driver" to the public.
There's a chance there might be a concealed backdoor within AMD's Catalyst driver, in particular within their closed-source graphics driver's OpenCL library.
Yesterday saw a SteamOS Linux update that shipped a new AMD Catalyst Linux driver that reportedly worked much better for popular Steam Linux games. That driver update led Valve to officially support AMD (and Intel) graphics on SteamOS. For non-SteamOS Linux users, that new AMD driver update is available for other distributions.
News on AMD's "Kaveri" APU is trickling out this week from CES, besides the facts that have long been known about this "Richland" APU successor. The launch date is officially next week and there will be Linux/open-source performance testing and results to follow.
Nearly one month after the last Catalyst 13.11 beta release, the Catalyst 13.12 Linux driver has finally surfaced. For ending out the year we have this last major AMD Catalyst Linux update with no new features but there are many bug-fixes.
While we haven't yet been able to find out whether the Radeon R9 290 series Linux performance has improved, AMD released a new Catalyst Linux graphics driver on Friday.
To complement my article about new features in GCC 4.9, a few hours ago the AMD Excavator "bdbver4" enablement I had talked about as a likely feature did successfully land.
Earlier this month there was a presentation by AMD's Tom Stellard at the LLVM Developers' Meeting about the work being done on the Radeon GPU LLVM back-end.
As part of the recent Radeon Rx 200 series and Hawaii GPU launch, AMD also unveiled Mantle as a new graphics rendering API to compete with OpenGL and Direct3D. AMD claims Mantle is easier, faster, and all-around better than OpenGL for game engines and other purposes. This week AMD has renewed their push that they want to see Mantle on Linux and other platforms.
Just a few days after AMD published open-source Radeon kernel driver code for Hawaii, their latest-generation graphics processors, the user-space support has landed for the Mesa DRM library (libdrm), the xf86-video-ati X.Org DDX driver, recognition in the AMD LLVM GPU back-end, and the Mesa RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.
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