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An Open-Source Radeon HD 4670? Sort Of.

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| When the Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870 were introduced earlier this year,
| it was wonderful. These latest high-end graphics cards from ATI had same-day
| Linux support through their Catalyst driver and the open-source ATI drivers
| had "just worked" with the RV770 series. The mode-setting support with the
| xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-radeonhd drivers just required adding in the
| PCI IDs for these new PCI Express graphics cards and then the rest of the
| magic was provided by AtomBIOS. However, with the introduction of the Radeon
| HD 4600 series, not everything is working instantly with the open-source
| drivers.


The psychology behind open source and gaming

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| This is nearly the exact same sentiment as we see with open source. Users
| make the software and while we may initially agree with what the software
| tells us to do, we can change our minds and modify it accordingly.
| Contrast that approach with packaged applications that force you into their
| way of doing things, or SaaS applications that require you to change business
| processes to meet their model.



ATI Radeon HD 4850 Linux Performance

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| AMD is also quickly ascending to a feature parity between the Windows and
| Linux Catalyst suites. As we shared last week, CrossFire is coming to Linux
| next quarter.


AMD Makes An Evolutionary Leap In Linux Support

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| Tux being part of their licensed box design, forthcoming CrossFire support,
| and other major features coming are major wins for the Linux community. For
| those concerned that AMD is attempting to build back up its binary blockade,
| don't worry as their open-source strategy will continue with the RV770. AMD
| engineers are in the process of sanitizing the programming documentation for
| this brand new GPU for public release in the coming weeks. We suspect the
| xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-radeonhd developers will have the documentation
| even sooner under NDA. In addition, the open-sourcing of KGrids and TCore
| will be relevant and helpful for the 2D and 3D RV770 open-source support.


AMD teraflop processor is all about open-source

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| The Stream SDK’s Brook+ front-end is available as open source code.


AMD Releases Stream SDK For Linux

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| NVIDIA's competition for Stream computing is CUDA, which is the Compute
| Unified Device Architecture, or CUDA for short. CUDA has been supported on
| Linux now for some time and NVIDIA is in the process of bringing PhysX to
| CUDA, for physics acceleration thanks to their acquisition of AGEIA. Intel's
| competition is Ct, or C for Throughput Computing.


AMD Stream SDK Coming To Linux Soon

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| NVIDIA has long supported their CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture)
| technology on Linux for allowing general-purpose code algorithms to be
| executed on the graphics processor, while AMD and their Stream Computing
| support has been absent on Linux. AMD has only been supporting their Stream
| SDK on Windows XP, but this morning we have confirmation that the Software
| Development Kit will be released for Linux in the coming days.



Chips and Motherboards that support a Free BIOS - LinuxBIOS

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| You can help our campaign by buying AMD CPU chips and not buying Intel. AMD
| have been helpful but Intel needs to be persuaded. Likewise, buy motherboards
| that support free BIOS. Tyan Computer Corporation are very helpful to the
| LinuxBIOS project and employ a full-time LinuxBIOS developer.


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.

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