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ATI Linux 2009 Year In Review

Dec 31, 2009, 17:47 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

[ Thanks to Michael Larabel for this link. ]

"Compared to past years when recapping the AMD/ATI Linux advancements over the past calendar year, 2009 was not quite as exciting, which can be viewed as both good and bad for their Catalyst Linux driver. There were many advancements this year on AMD's open-source side, but in 2009 there wasn't as many milestones for their Catalyst driver like in the past with the introduction of CrossFire, OverDrive, same-day Linux support, the AMD Catalyst Control Center, and other new features. Here is our 2009 year in review look at AMD's advancements to their proprietary Catalyst Linux driver along with our annual benchmarks.

"Part of the reason why 2009 was not as exciting as past years with regards to Catalyst Linux driver improvements is because AMD has nearly reached feature parity with the Catalyst Windows driver, so there is not a whole lot of missing features. Missing still though from the Catalyst Linux driver is support for 4-card CrossFireX, Eyefinity (though it is coming soon), and other miscellaneous drivers. What was delivered in 2009 though for the Catalyst Linux driver include support for the latest OpenGL 3.2 extensions (along with OpenGL 3.0 and 3.1), Hybrid CrossFire, MultiView, support for the AMD Display Library (ADL) SDK, compositing improvements, and enhancements to the AMD Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition (including integrated support for RandR 1.2). That is about it for the new features.

"Besides the features introduced this year, the 12 Linux driver releases did bring many bug-fixes along with support for new X Server and Linux kernel releases (albeit many times months late). What was also partially resolved in 2009 was their XvBA mess concerning the X-Video Bitstream Acceleration (http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=13034) API that we have been talking about since last year."

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