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    Default A Major Open-Source ATI Linux Driver Update

    Phoronix: A Major Open-Source ATI Linux Driver Update

    If you use the open-source ATI Linux graphics driver, there's a major stable update available. At long last, xf86-video-ati 6.14.0 has been released. This open-source X.Org driver brings official support for the Radeon HD 5000 series, Radeon HD 6000 series, and AMD Fusion Ontario hardware. This release also has a plethora of bug-fixes and flips on the KMS page-flipping support...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTA3Nw

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    For those interested: Using this version of xf86-video-ati with r600g on Evergreen = Second Life and Savage 2 mostly work. SL crashes with shaders enabled, but they are optional, and not a big part of the experience. Performance is great. Savage 2 performance is also good, but character models are pretty hilariously screwed up. Everything else about the environment is ok. To get the most out of this you need the latest 2.6.38 prerelease and mesa from git master.

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    This will be shipped with kernel 2.6.38 stable release ?

    Ps.: Sorry for noob question

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitiquinho View Post
    This will be shipped with kernel 2.6.38 stable release ?
    This is the X.Org driver, not the kernel DRM driver.

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    Will this driver be more usable on an R100 chip as that's what my Thinkpad T42 has. Any improvement in usability even on that chip's welcomed

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    I kind of interested if any work is ongoing to support 3d-stereo output devices. It seems like we will see a lot of auto-stereo monitors and TVs anounced this year. But support for already present TV/monitors with shatter-glasses would be good as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepDayze View Post
    Will this driver be more usable on an R100 chip as that's what my Thinkpad T42 has. Any improvement in usability even on that chip's welcomed
    you really should upgrade your notebook to an newer one get an amd fusion one much better and cheap.

    r100 will not get any big step improvements the lowest card you should get is an r300

    r300-500 get the lastest opensource work in 2.6.38 kernel and mesa and so one.

    r600-r900 is also fine.

    r100 is really out of support range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoronix
    Best about KMS page-flipping is that it dramatically speeds up the performance in OpenGL applications and games.
    If you are going to make bold claims like that, you are going to have to back them up with evidence (i.e. benchmarks). With my own testing I could not find that page-flipping made a difference in fps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monraaf View Post
    If you are going to make bold claims like that, you are going to have to back them up with evidence (i.e. benchmarks). With my own testing I could not find that page-flipping made a difference in fps.
    IIRC it makes quite the difference on Drift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    IIRC it makes quite the difference on Drift.
    What you mean by Drift, Vdrift? I didn't test that, I only ran openarena and doom3 benchmarks and page-flipping brings no difference there.

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    page-flip          off            on                            
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    openarena       135.3 fps     135.7 fps
    doom3            40.5 fps      39.9 fps

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