Future AMD GPUs To Be More Open-Source Friendly?
Phoronix: Future AMD GPUs To Be More Open-Source Friendly
AMD is on the heels of releasing the next set of GPU programming documentation to aide in the development of the open-source R500/600 drivers (xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-radeonhd). It's already been discussed what this NDA-free documentation release will have, but one of the questions that have repeatedly come up is if/when AMD will release information on accelerated video playback. AMD's John Bridgman has now stated what they plan to release in the video realm as well as a new requirement for their future graphics processors: being open-source friendly while avoiding DRM.
video first, gaming (3D) second
I'd just like to put my two cents in. I've got an R500 series card and I purchased it for nothing but video decoding. I couldn't give a toss about gaming and hence 3D acceleration.
If there's any chance video acceleration can be prioritised over gaming acceleration, I'm all for it!