ATI Evergreen Open Source Drivers Are Here

Tuesday Feb 2nd 2010 by Developer.com Staff
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AMD pushes out ATI Radeon 5000 open source drivers for Linux.

AMD introduced the ATI Radeon HD 5000 series, known as "Evergreen," months ago. Yesterday, AMD finally released the first bits of open source code for Linux support, but more work is still needed for 2D/3D acceleration.

Michael Larabel at Phoronix has the story.

"If you are to checkout the xf86-video-ati DDX driver branch there is initial user-space mode-setting support for the Radeon HD 5000 series GPUs. The ATI kernel mode-setting support that we really care about these days is also about done, but it isn't yet published. The open-source ATI driver currently offers no 2D (EXA) acceleration and the 3D support either through a classic Mesa driver or Gallium3D also is not yet available."

And what about the 2D/3D acceleration?

"Now we just need to wait for 2D and 3D acceleration support along with KMS, which fortunately is right out on the horizon or so it seems," Larabel said.

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