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OpenSUSE Says Farewell To RadeonHD Driver

May 04, 2010, 18:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

"The RadeonHD Linux driver that came about in 2007 following the announcement of AMD's open-source driver strategy has had an interesting history. This driver was developed by Novell's developers, but now they are even dropping it from their openSUSE distribution.

"The xf86-video-radeonhd driver was the first open-source driver to fully support the Radeon X1000 series graphics cards (R500) (after the short-lived Avivo driver) and went on to support the R600/700 series too. However, not before long, the xf86-video-ati "Radeon" driver ended up picking up support for the R500+ ASICs via the use of AtomBIOS rather than hard-coding in the support, which led this long-standing open-source driver to more quickly support enticing end-user features. Many other milestones and developer feuds took place too, but this is the one paragraph synopsis."

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