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ATI Radeon Driver Re-Write Still Has Work Left

Jun 14, 2009, 22:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

[ Thanks to Michael Larabel for this link. ]

"With the memory management work set in the ATI driver via a mix of TTM and GEM, the ATI kernel mode-setting is also getting ready to be released as a staging driver within the Linux 2.6.31 kernel. The announcements this week have not been only about the GPU and Linux kernel, but the Radeon driver rewrite has also been merged to master. As we discussed in yesterday's news post, this Radeon Mesa re-write brings several key improvements immediately and there are still more features to come.

"As can be seen from the many posts in the Phoronix Forums there are many excited individuals looking forward to an improved open-source ATI Linux graphics stack. Intel stole much of the attention last year when they introduced the Graphics Execution Manager in their driver for memory management and then rolled out kernel mode-setting along with support for DRI2, UXA, and other features, but now it is AMD's turn to push out their improvements. The invasive work within the Intel driver stack has caused a few pains and killed the netbook experience in Ubuntu 9.04, but they are still working their way out of these regressions."

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