I can't wait when AMD decides to nuke support for R600 cards in their proprietary driver next year, then we'll have the same ritual again. All those people who didn't care about open source in the first place suddenly start whining again, like something totally unexpected just happened.
For me I find all this quite amusing, this is what you get when relying on closed source software.
So what? If the fix was easy Intel would already integrate it. Trouble is the driver is apparently bad from an architecture standpoint (the -i810, not -intel) so fixing it involves pretty much rewriting the whole i810 driver for newer x.org architecture (or further hack to intel driver to support i8xx hardware). My chances of succeeding at that are about the same as getting unsupported hardware to work with newer fglrx or using old fglrx with new x.org. I'm left to only buying a newer card (whole system, actually) in both cases.
The most important thing is docs and AMD already provides those for most of the stuff their cards can do. If you want docs for UVD, get the stupid legislation that allows Macrovision and MAFIAA to pound AMD for providing docs revoked. But that involves politics, and the free software community was never good with that.. :-\
Edit: I guess what I was getting at was something like this:Wrong. I can (theoretically) fix it because there are docs. Opensource is meaningless without good docs, vendor support, or both. For reference, see nv graphics driver, or Ralink wireless driver.since it is opensource you are free to fix it yourself.
Last edited by myxal; 10-31-2009 at 08:41 PM.
I think you guys are doing a bang-up job with the AMD video driver stack. Having waded through 11 years of crap Linux video drivers, the R500 support I am now enjoying is a breath of fresh air.
I almost wish I would not have started this thread. I only was curious which API would be supported in the future. Again, thanks for the great work you guys are doing.
I, for one, have been buying ATI cards only for 3-4 years because of their good open-source support.
First because I support the ideology, second, because closed-source packages, at some point or another, conflict with system upgrades (kernel or Xorg) and I don't want to be bothered by that.
It is quite more important for me than having UVD or any video acceleration in GPU. I'll be happy if these come, but the lack of support is not very important for me.