Phoronix: Gallium3D VDPAU On Radeon Starts Working
Not all German Linux users and developers were busy the past few days drinking beer and eating Ubuntu pickles and blood sausage, but Christian König has made some more progress in his video playback work for the Radeon Gallium3D driver...
Video will be consistently working across all capable Gallium devices. Buying capable HW for Linux, instead of the other way around is much better. You'll always know what to expect and are not tortured with having to buy Webcam X to get feature Y.
The very purpose of an OS is to abstract hardware, not the other way around.
Still, I think it is just sad that this isn't being worked on for R300 cards, where i think it would be the most needed because CPUs from that era can't handle HD video.
I know that Gallium based stuff is supposed to be easily shared between drivers, so I hope it would simplify an eventual port to R300g.
Also, I understand that R300 is old and doesn't necessarily drags interest now, but until a few months ago I had an old pentium 4 rig that did everything I asked perfectly fine, let alone... high def video