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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxhysteria View Post
    As you want...

    Company of Heroes, steam version, wine 1.1.35 & wine 1.1.31, catalyst 9.12, HD4850.

    I've also tried under ubuntu with packaged wine & fglrx, the game does not start if I try to raise graphical details a little and I have GLSL errors if shaders are enabled. Under fedora, the game start but Xorg is completely freezed when the first frame is rendered.
    http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManage...sion&iId=17806

    there is no official bug number...

    but a bugfix to 1.1.36

    "Black box issue
    by Mike Kaplinskiy on Monday December 21st 2009, 12:23
    will be fixed in 1.1.36 (already in git for those who want to try)"

    upgrade to git and test it again or wait for the 1.1.36 wine version..

    or fill an bugreport!

    and can you please post/past your wine-console bug errors?
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    Quote Originally Posted by barbarbaron View Post
    Who can say that linux won't be the primary application development platform for hand-held devices like google's nexus one
    Interesting that you should mention the GN1... powered by an AMD Z430 GPU (aka "Adreno 200").

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    Quote Originally Posted by droidhacker View Post
    Interesting that you should mention the GN1... powered by an AMD Z430 GPU (aka "Adreno 200").
    Question for any, particularly those who work for AMD:
    What is a z430? How does it relate to other AMD GPUs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by droidhacker View Post
    Question for any, particularly those who work for AMD:
    What is a z430? How does it relate to other AMD GPUs?
    And to (partly) answer my own question....

    According to this: http://www.amd.com/us/press-releases...se_126537.aspx
    ** architecturally similar/same as the XENOS chip in xbox360, which is closely related to R600. Hmm, so packing an R600 in a phone -- sweet .

    So I guess the question is, what do the GN1's GPU drivers look like? Open source I hope?

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    So I guess the question is, what do the GN1's GPU drivers look like? Open source I hope?
    So it makes it clear that AMD's goal with opensource support is to gain a good share in hand-held market. But we are talking about a chip that doesn't need proper power-performance optimization, just power-saving is enough, which is not ideal for desktop systems. Then they have no vision about the linux desktop market which is growing rapidly:

    http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_os.asp

    I'd say its not a logical long-term strategy. Not only regarding the consumer users but because in the near future many people who work in their home studios (not only workstation people) will be involved in opengl graphics development because of webgl and phone app development boom. And the most cost-effective platform to do that will be linux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbarbaron View Post
    So it makes it clear that AMD's goal with opensource support is to gain a good share in hand-held market. But we are talking about a chip that doesn't need proper power-performance optimization, just power-saving is enough, which is not ideal for desktop systems. Then they have no vision about the linux desktop market which is growing rapidly:

    http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_os.asp

    I'd say its not a logical long-term strategy. Not only regarding the consumer users but because in the near future many people who work in their home studios (not only workstation people) will be involved in opengl graphics development because of webgl and phone app development boom. And the most cost-effective platform to do that will be linux.
    Wow, that's some leap of logic here! AMD is selling embedded GPUs => they have no long term plans for desktop GPUs.

    It doesn't matter that AMD has opened the specs for their products. It doesn't matter that they are directly funding the development of open source drivers for Linux. It doesn't matter that they are rapidly improving their workstation driver.

    Close your ears, shut your eyes and I guess nothing matters any more. AMD has no plans at all and history will remember barbarbaron as the one who foretold their lack of vision.

    Seems to me that some people just like to bitch.

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    It doesn't matter that AMD has opened the specs for their products.
    They haven't opened all of the specs. Especially the power management bit of specs (which is obviously needed for desktop systems) lack information. AMD leaves the optimization of the driver (which is as hard as implementing it) to independent developers. A process which will take considerable amount of time spent in reverse engineering the power management bits. They do that because they don't need optimization for their hand-held gfx chips. You close your eyes...

    It doesn't matter that they are directly funding the development of open source drivers for Linux.
    Not the parts they don't need for their hand-held chips (power management and optimization):

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...item&px=Nzg2Mw

    It doesn't matter that they are rapidly improving their workstation driver.
    You believe this? AMD is terribly losing in linux workstation graphics. nVidia systems are much better with their video acceleration and proper openCL - CUDA support. AMD has only recently provided the support for opencl - stream, while nVidia had that support for a looong time:

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...item&px=NzQzNQ

    Its only a matter of time before AMD's collapse in that market...

    Keep dreaming on for a fast and reliable desktop open source - closed source linux driver...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackStar View Post
    Wow, that's some leap of logic here! AMD is selling embedded GPUs => they have no long term plans for desktop GPUs.

    It doesn't matter that AMD has opened the specs for their products. It doesn't matter that they are directly funding the development of open source drivers for Linux. It doesn't matter that they are rapidly improving their workstation driver.

    Close your ears, shut your eyes and I guess nothing matters any more. AMD has no plans at all and history will remember barbarbaron as the one who foretold their lack of vision.

    Seems to me that some people just like to bitch.
    i think barbarbaron only try to fake kano ;-) no kano is the real one the only one...

    only kano has the power of "if you wana working driver buy a nivida"


    nivida sounds in german like niwida -->niewieder nie wieder translate to english = never again !! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbarbaron View Post
    They haven't opened all of the specs. Especially the power management bit of specs (which is obviously needed for desktop systems) lack information.
    Citation needed.

    Not the parts they don't need for their hand-held chips (power management and optimization). Keep dreaming on for a fast and reliable desktop open source linux driver...
    I don't have to. Hint: it's already here. My R500 is running better on radeon than it ever did on fglrx.

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    OK, this thread is getting really wierd.

    Quote Originally Posted by barbarbaron View Post
    They do that because they don't need optimization for their hand-held gfx chips. You close your eyes...
    We sold the handheld GPU business to Qualcomm a year or so ago :

    http://www.amd.com/us-en/Corporate/V...129931,00.html

    Not sure why handheld parts are still being discussed in the context of our open source strategy.

    Quote Originally Posted by barbarbaron View Post
    They haven't opened all of the specs. Especially the power management bit of specs (which is obviously needed for desktop systems) lack information.
    I believe the "missing" power management info was pushed a few weeks ago. Now comes the hard part - writing good power management code.

    Quote Originally Posted by barbarbaron View Post
    AMD leaves the optimization of the driver (which is as hard as implementing it) to independent developers. A process which will take considerable amount of time spent in reverse engineering the power management bits.
    barbarbaron, you keep implying that we are somehow deficient in OUR implementation of open source drivers because we aren't doing *everything* ourselves. WE ARE NOT IMPLEMENTING THE OPEN SOURCE DRIVERS OURSELVES. We are working WITH the Xorg development community on the drivers, providing documentation, technical support, and developers. We *help* with getting stuff running, new features, optimization, architectural changes - everything - but we aren't *controlling* any of it.

    Our "vision" is to work with the community, not to do our own thing. I know it sounds radical, but that's what we are doing.
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