Introducing The RadeonHD Linux Driver

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| To no real surprise, the RadeonHD driver is hosted over at
| and you can checkout the latest code using git. In another article we are
| publishing today, we will be telling you how to install this new open-source
| driver on Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon -- that is for those of you who aren't
| familiar with using git or building drivers from source. If you haven't
| already, you'll also want to read AMD's Open-Source Strategy Explained.

ATI Radeon HD 2900XT Powered By Open-Source Driver

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| The open-source Avivo driver is currently bound to supporting the ATI R500
| GPU family and with efforts now being focused on the RadeonHD driver, this
| reverse-engineered driver will likely never support the newer GPUs (The Death
| Of The R500 Avivo Driver).

Installing The RadeonHD Driver On Ubuntu

Running Nvidia display drivers with X.Org 7.3


Open-Source Developers Speak Out About AMD

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| Daniel Stone had also mentioned that in less than ten hours of the
| specifications being available, GPU specifications were downloaded from the
| X.Org server over 70,000 times and ate up more than 1.3 terabytes of
| bandwidth! *

Could AMD move open desktop Linux market?

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| AMD’s recent move to fully support open source graphics could be the best
| news desktop Linux has had in a long time.

AMD Releases 900+ Pages Of GPU Specs

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| Ending off the X Developer Summit this year, Matthew Tippett handed off ATI's
| GPU specifications to David Airlie on a CD (as reported by Daniel Stone).
| However, the specifications are also now available on the Internet! *

AMD 8.41.7 Display Driver

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| This driver does not support AIGLX for Beryl or Compiz, but that support will
| finally arrive next month with fglrx 8.42. Linux 2.6.23 kernel support for
| the fglrx driver will hopefully arrive next month as well. *

AMD 8.41 Display Driver Preview

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| Whether you are using a Radeon X300 purchased a few years ago or the Radeon
| X1950PRO, the 8.41 driver is noticeably faster. How much faster? In many
| cases it is about 50% faster while in some configurations it may go as high
| as 90% or more. In fact, in some benchmarks the Mobility Radeon X300 was over
| 10x faster! * *

AMD Delivers Significant Graphics Performance and Compatibility Enhancements
for Consumer Linux Users

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| Moving forward, AMD also plans to accelerate efforts to address the needs of
| the open source community as well.
| "As client computing on Linux continues to grow so has our support and focus
| on delivering best-in-class performance and compatibility for our products,"
| said Ben Bar-Haim, vice president of software, Graphics Product Group at AMD.

NVIDIA's Calm Before The Storm

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| It has been 80 days since the last NVIDIA Linux display driver was released.
| [...]
| This week is already very busy with the X Developer Summit going on where AMD
| will be releasing their new ATI R500/600 open-source driver as well as the
| specifications and it's very likely that the new NVIDIA 100.xx.xx series
| driver will meet the world in the coming days. *

NVIDIA: Got Specifications?

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| This past week AMD raised the Linux graphics bar by not only announcing their
| new fglrx graphics driver, which delivers Radeon HD 2000 support, immense
| performance improvements, and AIGLX, but it was accompanied by an
| announcement that they will be delivering specifications to the X.Org
| development community. These two announcements came after intense work
| internally at AMD and over a long period of time, but literally overnight it
| changed the minds of many Linux users on how they judge this company with its
| once notorious binary blob. AMD has really set a precedence for showing that
| a semiconductor company once criticized to no end with their proprietary
| software can update their views to assist and embrace the open-source Linux
| community while remaining competitive as a company in a triopoloy market.
| They have also thus reaffirmed that Linux is a viable desktop operating
| system. But the ball has now landed in NVIDIA's court. NVIDIA can either play
| ball by pushing forward with a similar effort, and then all of the big three *
| GPU manufacturers would be cradling an open-source strategy, or they may find
| themselves in trouble down the road. * * * * * * *