Phoronix: OpenSUSE Says Farewell To RadeonHD Driver
The RadeonHD Linux driver that came about in 2007 following the announcement of AMD's open-source driver strategy has had an interesting history. This driver was developed by Novell's developers, but now they are even dropping it from their openSUSE distribution...
Finally something that should have never existed disappeared. What a damn waste of time and man power.
i wouldn't call it a waste, even though i never used it.
it was an attempt to rewrite ati driver from scratch for new generation of cards. it got proven wrong by classic ati driver team. nothing wrong with that. besides radeonhd team was not that big to start with, and shared some developers with the other team.
How hard would it be to merge any interesting bits from radeonhd and go from there?
Folks, Open Source software evolves like this. Many related ideas/projects pop up, one will be strongest and survive, but you couldn't have told a priori. The model has proven incredibly successful. A large chunk of the computing hardware (from embedded to big iron) runs open source software, mostly GPL type. That ranges from cellphones to supercomputers. So, again, it is what it is and it works. It just gets a little bit to get used to it.