Reminiscing Over The Early Days Of The Open-Source AMD Linux Strategy

Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 9 January 2016 at 12:07 PM EST. Add A Comment
With this morning's article about New AMDGPU Details and Looking Forward To Major Radeon Linux Improvements In 2016, there is much to be excited about with the new driver model finally set to roll-out and other open-source projects coming about. However, if you are a relatively new Linux users, you may not know how this whole process began.

If you've been a Linux user for a few years or less, or rather have only been reading Phoronix for a short time, be sure to read this weekend: This Is What Started AMD's Open-Source Strategy from 2011 that looked back on the original events from 2007.

Celebrating A Year Of Open-Source ATI

If this new AMD Catalyst-over-open-kernel-driver model is new information to you, also read AMD Is Exploring A Very Interesting, More-Open Linux Driver Strategy and AMD Moves Forward With Unified Linux Driver Strategy, New Kernel Driver.

If you still have a desire to learn more and get up to speed, there are the 700+ display driver articles I've written and nearly 200 Linux graphics card reviews along with thousands of items in the news archive over the past decade about the open and closed-source AMD Linux driver stack and the other GPU drivers too.
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