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    Default New Open-Source ATI Driver Releases

    Phoronix: New Open-Source ATI Driver Releases

    With the Linux 2.6.33 kernel having been released last week where the ATI kernel mode-setting (KMS) DRM code left the kernel's staging area, we knew a new ATI X.Org driver release was imminent. Over the night a new stable DDX driver update has been pushed out for xf86-video-ati as well as a new pre-release for the KMS-supportive 6.13 version that also carries other changes.The xf86-video-ati 6.12.5 is the new stable update that carries bug-fixes and other work...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODAzMA

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    How can i get this pre release? Wanna get rid of fglrx..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bolzerrr View Post
    How can i get this pre release? Wanna get rid of fglrx..
    Depends on your distro...

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    Am I correct when I assume that I won't get to use all these awesome new features on my openSUSE 11.2 (Kernel .31) and have to wait for 11.3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudig View Post
    Am I correct when I assume that I won't get to use all these awesome new features on my openSUSE 11.2 (Kernel .31) and have to wait for 11.3?
    You can always compile the respective parts (kernel, xorg-drivers, mesa,...) on your own, which I would advise you to try out on a non-production machine/installation and only if you are really curious and/or want to help the developers.

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    Default Absolute Garbage

    This 6.12.5 release is absolute and utter garbage. It does not address many longstanding serious bugs (which are fixed in git). So what is the point of releasing a piece of nonsense like this ?

    Is this yet another stalling tactic by the incompetent "developers" ?

    I don't want to hear any excuses about "it's not that easy now that there are many different pieces to consider, KMS, mesa, TTM blah blah fucking blah". A year without any stable releases that have shown the slightest advance is pathetic beyond belief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudig View Post
    Am I correct when I assume that I won't get to use all these awesome new features on my openSUSE 11.2 (Kernel .31) and have to wait for 11.3?
    You can add the kernel HEAD repo to yast: http://download.opensuse.org/reposit...openSUSE_11.2/

    I'm currently running 2.6.33-rc7 on 11.2 from this repo, but the servers appear to be down at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rycodge View Post
    You can add the kernel HEAD repo to yast: http://download.opensuse.org/reposit...openSUSE_11.2/

    I'm currently running 2.6.33-rc7 on 11.2 from this repo, but the servers appear to be down at the moment.
    Off Topic: I might warn against using that repo. I'm currently running 2.6.33 (64-bit) from it and KMS doesn't seem to work with it, though that could just be something with my setup. Also, every once in a while broken packages will show up there (most recently it happened last week,) so be sure to keep a back up kernel just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rycodge View Post
    You can add the kernel HEAD repo to yast: http://download.opensuse.org/reposit...openSUSE_11.2/

    I'm currently running 2.6.33-rc7 on 11.2 from this repo, but the servers appear to be down at the moment.
    They were up for me, but alas, it does not work as advertised.

    Starting with radeon.modeset=1 ends in a garbled console, albeit with the right resolution.

    dmesg burbs:

    Code:
     24.720801] [drm] Initialized drm 1.1.0 20060810
     24.845087] [drm] radeon kernel modesetting enabled.
     24.846818] [drm] radeon: Initializing kernel modesetting.
    
    [...]
    26.004056] fb0: radeondrmfb frame buffer device
    26.004073] [drm] Initialized radeon 2.0.0 20080528 for 0000:01:00.0 on minor 0
    I don't understand the two different versions of drm.

    With modesetting enabled (and latest drm, mesa and xf86-driver-radeon from git installed) glxinfo tells me:

    Code:
    direct rendering: No 
    
    and:
    
    OpenGL vendor string: Mesa Project                                                
    OpenGL renderer string: Software Rasterizer                                       
    OpenGL version string: 1.4 (2.1 Mesa 7.6)
    I guess it's back to Fedora, although I am quite impressed with the overall usability of SUsE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudig View Post
    Am I correct when I assume that I won't get to use all these awesome new features on my openSUSE 11.2 (Kernel .31) and have to wait for 11.3?
    You need a newer kernel for KMS, but the rest of the features will work fine with UMS, although r6xx+ 3D requires 2.6.32 or newer.

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