Almost A Decade Later, RadeonHD Stories Still Coming To Light

Written by Michael Larabel in Radeon on 13 February 2017 at 09:51 AM EST. 81 Comments
This September will mark 10 years since the public launch of the RadeonHD DDX driver (xf86-video-radeonhd) that was developed by SUSE during the Radeon X1000 and HD 2000/3000 days in conjunction with ATI/AMD. While we've talked about what started AMD's open-source strategy in the past and dozens of other RadeonHD articles, new stories are still coming to light.

Luc Verhaegen, one of the original RadeonHD developers at SUSE, has published a blog post with new details on the back-story of dealings between SUSE and AMD during the time this project was active.

His latest blog post comes from an internal memo he wrote in 2008 for SUSE/Novell while recently re-discovered it on one of his systems.

For those wanting some open-source graphics backstories this Monday morning and wishing to learn more about RadeonHD from the SUSE developers' perspectives, stop by Luc's blog for a lengthy read.
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