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  • phoronix
    started a topic AMD's R300 Gallium3D Driver Is Looking Good For 2011

    AMD's R300 Gallium3D Driver Is Looking Good For 2011

    Phoronix: AMD's R300 Gallium3D Driver Is Looking Good For 2011

    After years of development work by Tungsten Graphics (now VMware) and the open-source community at large, the Gallium3D driver architecture is finally getting ready to really enter the spotlight of the normal Linux desktop user. With the recent Mesa 7.9 release, the open-source ATI developers switched their R300 driver (that supports up through R500 ASICs, the Radeon X1000 series) from the classic Mesa to their newer Gallium3D driver as the default choice. Vendors are now preparing to do the same as well within Fedora and other distributions, and it was just agreed upon this week Ubuntu 11.04 will use R300g. There will finally be a real, common hardware driver that is based upon Gallium3D and is used by mass amounts of people on a daily basis in a production environment.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=15397

  • Panix
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    I was going to give up but decided to look via Synaptic at possible packages that relate to video. So, I upgraded linux firmware packages and the radeon driver version to name two. Fortunately, when I retried various tests including tuxracer and Google Earth, they worked! I had a problem with Google Earth on this machine (with Radeon 9000 card, M9, R250), too! So, I am not sure which package upgrade helped or if that was the solution, but it's my interpretation that something upgraded 'fixed' "something" so now these programs work. Glxgears worked previously but tuxracer would crash to a black screen and Google Earth's logo would display and then disappear.

    They now work albeit slow but the main thing is these two packages work now. I interpret the 'solution' of the packages being upgraded since I cannot trace much different being changed except for that. It's my inexperience and lack of knowledge, I admit, but I didn't find this 'solution' on google. I read a few claims of what packages were needed but I thought I had nothing to lose so looked up packages that might relate to video and just upgraded them if there was a new version available.

    This is Debian Testing, kernel 2.6.32-5. Anyway, 'glad that these programs work. I'm not complaining about the slow speed as I expect it to be slow as this is on older hardware but I thought at least I should not have a crash. It's frustrating when you are confused and not sure what's wrong - at least, if there is some feedback or some way to troubleshoot but I really had no idea of what was wrong.

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  • elanthis
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    Originally posted by Dard View Post
    I read a little in the specifications, and there's no way I would ever start working on the driver unless I get one or two years of education in hardware/software co-design and a full time job. It's just too complex to work on one or two hours after work.
    Parts of it, sure. Helping architect the entire driver, absolutely. Fixing a bug here or there, not so much. Helping with some of the simpler but very important aspects of the driver software, like the GLSL compiler (which is very cleanly written and well designed) is also not something that requires a tremendous amount of time or any exceptional knowledge of hardware.

    Hell, just help triage bugs in the freedesktop or your distribution's bugzilla, to help the more skilled developers focus time on the actual bugs.

    You can always help. Even if you have no programming experience at all.

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  • bwat47
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    Originally posted by Mr James View Post
    I wonder what Ubuntu employees spend thier time working on. Oh that's right, they did come up with a font and a Unity interface nobody (as far as I read) seems to like.
    I'm not sure where you came up with that statistic, from what I have seen the reception of unity has been quite fine.

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  • pingufunkybeat
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    Originally posted by Panix View Post
    ATI's support for R200/R250 and R300 still sucks horribly.

    What good is this OSS if the user has to tweak everything and have to go through pages and pages via Google to get an ancient card working (which would work fine in Windows)?

    OSS, yeah, sure...

    Nice of ATI to thumb its nose in the direction of Linux but claim otherwise with a bunch of sheep nodding along the way!
    Wait, you have an r300 card now?

    Or are you just in a trolling mood again?

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  • Mr James
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    Originally posted by devius View Post
    And the software center/store or whatever it's called nowadays. Oh, and you can read pretty far
    New guys (to Linux) seem to like it at ubuntuforums.org

    That's about it. In every other forum including but not limited too the Debian forums, Gentoo forums, Arch forums, Phoronix and so on do not like the unity thing, at least on a desktop.

    At least it is easy to change.

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  • devius
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    Originally posted by Mr James View Post
    I wonder what Ubuntu employees spend thier time working on. Oh that's right, they did come up with a font and a Unity interface nobody (as far as I read) seems to like.
    And the software center/store or whatever it's called nowadays. Oh, and you can read pretty far

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  • Mr James
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    Originally posted by Dard View Post
    I see plenty of things where Ubuntu really should invest money in if they can.
    I just meant that I don't see the free AMD graphics drivers as a priority for companies like Ubuntu or Redhat.
    Now, network drivers, virtualization, working environments and so on, yes, this is what I would Ubuntu expect to invest more in.

    Which is why I don't complain about distributors. I just complain about a regrettably bad situation, which is, alas, an understandable situation.
    I wonder what Ubuntu employees spend thier time working on. Oh that's right, they did come up with a font and a Unity interface nobody (as far as I read) seems to like.

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  • yotambien
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    Originally posted by Dard View Post
    I see plenty of things where Ubuntu really should invest money in if they can.
    I just meant that I don't see the free AMD graphics drivers as a priority for companies like Ubuntu or Redhat.
    Now, network drivers, virtualization, working environments and so on, yes, this is what I would Ubuntu expect to invest more in.

    Which is why I don't complain about distributors. I just complain about a regrettably bad situation, which is, alas, an understandable situation.
    Right, I myself only wanted to point out that mentioning Ubuntu and Redhat in the same sentence when talking about upstream development (including graphics drivers) is, at the very least, totally unfair towards Redhat.

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  • Dard
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    Originally posted by yotambien View Post
    Ubuntu? Yes, that's a completely different story (but I think they wrote some Gnome notification thing...or something : ).
    I see plenty of things where Ubuntu really should invest money in if they can.
    I just meant that I don't see the free AMD graphics drivers as a priority for companies like Ubuntu or Redhat.
    Now, network drivers, virtualization, working environments and so on, yes, this is what I would Ubuntu expect to invest more in.

    Which is why I don't complain about distributors. I just complain about a regrettably bad situation, which is, alas, an understandable situation.

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