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    Default ATI X.Org Driver Sees Significant Update

    Phoronix: ATI X.Org Driver Sees Significant Update

    The last time there was an official release of the xf86-video-ati DDX driver was back in May, but this morning Michel Dänzer has announced a new version...

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

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    Isn't the VDPAU support in the Mesa driver not the DDX driver?

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    The decoding, yes, but a small part has to be in the X driver too, because it deals with displaying the image. This is usually done through Xv, which also belongs in the X driver and not Gallium.

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    I wonder if they did anything to improve power management and fan control. My laptop fan spins up uncontrollably as soon as I start using the xorg ati driver, unless I force the low power profile. The situation has been like this for at least a year and I had always thought this sort of thing would resolve quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vertex2 View Post
    I wonder if they did anything to improve power management and fan control. My laptop fan spins up uncontrollably as soon as I start using the xorg ati driver, unless I force the low power profile. The situation has been like this for at least a year and I had always thought this sort of thing would resolve quickly.
    Exactly what i'm hoping for as well. I tried the git version a couple months ago and back then it was unusable due to either high fan speeds, flickering if auto was enabled (and also high fan speeds) or kwin that simply wasn't playing with the low setting and feeling a bit sluggish.

    I hope it's fixed, but i bet it isn't.

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    I don't think we can expect any interesting new features coming to the Xorg driver anymore. The power management code is in the kernel drm, 3D and video acceleration is in Mesa/Gallium. These are the parts to look for interesting changes. I think the Xorg driver is basically done in terms of features and only gets helper/glue code and updates for newer asics.

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    Well the only VDPAU commit I can see is http://cgit.freedesktop.org/xorg/dri...b76b60be8bdd8e which is purely so libvdpau can auto load the r600g vdpau driver automatically when it's available

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    The only significant thing to ever happen to the DDX driver is when it disappears into xorg state tracker in Mesa. Everything else is shite.

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