Avivo Linux R500 Driver v0.1.0 Coming
Phoronix News: Avivo Linux R500 Driver v0.1.0 Coming
Jerome Glisse has passed along word that version 0.1.0 of the Avivo Driver will soon be released. This open-source R500 and R600 driver for the ATI Radeon X1000 (and eventually Radeon HD 2000) hardware will have support for some shadow things and will be at least as fast as the VESA driver currently along with a few additional fixes. New PCI IDs for other Radeon R500 parts will also be added in Avivo 0...
Good news for Fedora 7 users!
I've just bought a Thinkpad T60p Widescreen laptop with a Mobility FireGL V5250 chip (M56GL, I think), and was very annoyed to discover that the fglrx driver is currently incompatible with Fedora 7. So seeing as I'm stuck using the Vesa driver at ATI/AMDs pleasure, the Avivo driver doesn't have a particularly high hurdle to leap for it to become my new default.
All Avivo needs to do for me right now is:
a) Support the native 1680x1050 resolution. The VESA driver is limiting me to 1400x1050, so the screen looks stretched slightly horizontally. Doesn't 1680x1050 count as a "VESA-compatible" mode, or something? The log suggests that DDC is providing the correct mode-lines.
b) Be as fast as VESA
c) Not crash ;-)
d) Provide DPMS support so that the backlight can be powered down.
I'll probably provide radeondumps just as soon as I get fglrx working too.