"At the end of our ATI Year in Review for 2006, we had stated,
'next year will be a very interesting time for ATI/AMD Linux
users.' Looking back upon that statement, it has certainly turned
out to be true, but perhaps an understatement for all of the AMD
Linux work that has actually went on this year. The Catalyst
Control Center was finally ported to Linux; there is now AIGLX
support for use with Compiz, and the most substantial improvement
being a brand new code-base for their proprietary Linux driver.
Aside from their binary driver, they have developed a strong
interest in better enabling the open-source community through
releasing GPU documentation to the public (without NDAs!) and
collaborating with Novell on the development of the RadeonHD
driver. It has been one hell of a year for AMD, and in this
article, we are going to look back at their twelve major driver
releases from the year as well as re-benchmark all of these
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