AMD Is Still Moving Towards A Unified Open-Source Driver

Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 27 September 2014 at 12:00 AM EDT. 43 Comments
Earlier this year I delivered the exclusive news how AMD was looking at a new Linux driver strategy for Catalyst that involved leveraging the open-source Radeon DRM kernel driver. The strategy at the time effectively meant just making Catalyst a user-space blob and riding off the open-source Radeon kernel driver to share more common code and hopefully lead to a better experience. It looks like this driver strategy is moving forward.

If you didn't read the aforelinked article, you should do so now. It looks like AMD is closer to embarking on this change that's significantly different from the status quo of having two completely different driver code-bases with one being open-source and the other not.

Posted to the XDC 2014 Bordeaux schedule is this presentation submission by AMD's Alex Deucher:
AMD's New Unified Open Source Driver

AMD is moving to unify it's current open and closed source Linux drivers over a common, shared, open source kernel driver.

This talk will provide an overview of our plans for the future and the challenges we face as we move forward.

Stay tuned to Phoronix for details next month!
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