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[News] Students Learn From Linux; ATI Graphics Stack Improving

  • Subject: [News] Students Learn From Linux; ATI Graphics Stack Improving
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 08 May 2010 16:46:03 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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The People Who Support Linux 

,----[ Quote ]
| How do you use Linux? At work? At home?
| Fernandez: I had dabbled with Linux in 
| school, but I really only got into it at 
| university. With the exception of my 
| partner, very few things excite me as much 
| as open source software; and Linux, as an 
| open source operating system, struck a 
| chord with me. These days I use Linux on 
| several machines at home for development, 
| email and web browsing; as a server; as a 
| media center; and on my phone.
| You recently joined The Linux Foundation as 
| an individual member. Can you share with us 
| why you joined and what you hope to get out 
| of membership?
| Fernandez: I joined because I've been using 
| Linux for years. I find it an inspiring 
| community and I had $99 to spare! Kernel 
| development is something I'd like to get 
| into eventually and The Linux Foundation 
| provides some great resources for learning 
| more about the kernel and the developer 
| community. Membership with the Foundation 
| (from my few weeks of experience) is a 
| great way to stay on top of new 
| developments in Linux and connect with the 
| Linux community. To be honest, more than 
| any of these reasons, I joined to give 
| something back to a community that has made 
| such a big difference in my daily life.


DRI2 Sync & Swap For ATI Finally Comes About

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| Last year a new set of DRI2 extensions came 
| about for sync and swap support of display 
| buffers to better reduce potential 
| "tearing" that may appear on displays in 
| some composited environments. This work 
| that's exposed to the client through 
| OpenGL/GLX extensions also can lead to 
| improved performance, video memory savings, 
| and other benefits as talked about 
| extensively on the Composite Swap Wiki 
| page. A new GLX swap event extension also 
| came about out of expressed needs by the 
| Clutter/Mutter developers. 



Initial Open ATI Evergreen Support By FOSDEM?

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| Hopefully the Evergreen support with mode-
| setting and ShadowFB support will be here by
| FOSDEM on the 6th of February, but it will
| still be longer before there is real 2D
| acceleration (EXA) or any 3D acceleration
| within the open-source stack.


R600/700 Mesa Driver Picks Up Blit Support

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| While a blitter module was introduced for
| Gallium3D that uses the 3D engine for
| blitting, this doesn't help those without blit
| support that are still running the "classic"
| Mesa driver stack. Over the night, however,
| blit support has arrived for the ATI R600/700
| Mesa driver. This support arrived in the form
| of three commits (1, 2, 3) that increase the
| driver's code-base by around 2,000 lines of
| code.

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