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[News] GPL-licensed 3-D AMD/ATI Driver Gains Capabilities; Compiz Fusion Reports

  • Subject: [News] GPL-licensed 3-D AMD/ATI Driver Gains Capabilities; Compiz Fusion Reports
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 09 Nov 2008 00:47:36 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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RadeonHD Driver Adds RV710/730 Support

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| The open-source drivers would only work with the ATI RV710/730 GPUs when 
| using an analog D-Sub interface. Novell's Egbert Eich though has committed  
| changes to the RadeonHD driver that should introduce proper mode-setting 
| support for these new ATI GPUs. Changes had to be made to the driver to  
| support DCE 3.2 on these newer graphics cards as well as changes to support 
| AtomBIOS.    


Weekend Work

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| This one is an interesting one. Basically, I would actually hate using this 
| plugin because it really throws me off my workflow, but considering the work 
| edgurgel has been doing bringing some more advanced window management 
| features from WM’s like wmii, ion etc to compiz, I thought I might steal a 
| feature from enlightenment e17. Basically, enlightenment has this weird 
| behavior where your pointer is warped to the window you activate when you 
| click it on the taskbar or alt-tab etc. This is essentially what this plugin 
| does, except I decided to add a few more features to it, like being able to 
| centre your pointer on screen, on a window and move it with the keyboard. If 
| you like to do more keyboard-based window management, having to move your 
| right hand as little as possible, this might be a niche for you :) (This also 
| needs an MPX patch)           



Open-Source Radeon Driver Improvements

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| For those following the xf86-video-ati developments or use this open-source
| Radeon driver for their graphics card, you may want to check out the latest
| development code. Committed to its git branch today was a lot of new work
| from Alex Deucher, Dennis Kasprzyk, David Airlie, Egbert Eich, and Corbin
| Simpson.


AMD Makes An Evolutionary Leap In Linux Support

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| Tux being part of their licensed box design, forthcoming CrossFire support,
| and other major features coming are major wins for the Linux community. For
| those concerned that AMD is attempting to build back up its binary blockade,
| don't worry as their open-source strategy will continue with the RV770. AMD
| engineers are in the process of sanitizing the programming documentation for
| this brand new GPU for public release in the coming weeks. We suspect the
| xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-radeonhd developers will have the documentation
| even sooner under NDA. In addition, the open-sourcing of KGrids and TCore
| will be relevant and helpful for the 2D and 3D RV770 open-source support.


AMD teraflop processor is all about open-source

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| The Stream SDK’s Brook+ front-end is available as open source code.


AMD Releases Stream SDK For Linux

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| NVIDIA's competition for Stream computing is CUDA, which is the Compute
| Unified Device Architecture, or CUDA for short. CUDA has been supported on
| Linux now for some time and NVIDIA is in the process of bringing PhysX to
| CUDA, for physics acceleration thanks to their acquisition of AGEIA. Intel's
| competition is Ct, or C for Throughput Computing.


AMD Stream SDK Coming To Linux Soon

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| NVIDIA has long supported their CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture)
| technology on Linux for allowing general-purpose code algorithms to be
| executed on the graphics processor, while AMD and their Stream Computing
| support has been absent on Linux. AMD has only been supporting their Stream
| SDK on Windows XP, but this morning we have confirmation that the Software
| Development Kit will be released for Linux in the coming days.


ATI/AMD's Open-Source Plans

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| Starting off the X.Org talks at FOSDEM 2008 was AMD's John Bridgman, who has
| been leading the AMD GPG open-source efforts. John had talked briefly about
| the history of their open-source efforts for the R500+ series and the
| evolution of AMD GPU hardware. Among the interesting comments made were that
| TexturedVideo/X-Video support for the R500/600 may be coming quite soon, DRM
| and Mesa work forthcoming, open-source multi-GPU multi-GPU support is on the
| road-map, and they will be re-releasing R200 programming documents. The RV620
| and RV635 documentation is expected in the near future.


Could AMD move open desktop Linux market?

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| AMD’s recent move to fully support open source graphics could be the best
| news desktop Linux has had in a long time.


AMD Launches Open GPU Website

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| AMD has today launched their new open GPU documentation website for
| register-level documents covering their ATI Radeon products. In addition,
| they are now providing an email address for any open-source developers who
| may have questions concerning these documents.

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