Preliminary Opensource Driver for the ATI R500-Based Cards

[ Thanks to Zlatko
for this link. ]

“Jerome Glisse announced today that a small team of X.Org
developers has managed to provide the initial support for ATI
R500-based cards (ATI Radeon X1300 up to X1600 at the time) by
reverse engineering. The released code is definitely not yet ready
for the normal users, but it’s the big step ahead nevertheless.
Especially having in mind how ATI (now owned by AMD) has not
provided specifications of their hardware to the open source
community. Jerome writes:

“‘Over the past couple of months, a small group of people has
been working on reverse engineering the r500-based AMD video cards.
Everyone involved worked on this in whatever free time they had,
which is why this has taken so long…'”

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