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    Default AMD Catalyst Will Not Support Wayland Anytime Soon

    Phoronix: AMD Catalyst Will Not Support Wayland Anytime Soon

    Last week we heard news that NVIDIA is at least evaluating support for their binary graphics driver with Wayland, but on the AMD Catalyst binary driver side it doesn't look like they will be supporting the next-generation Linux display architecture "anytime soon", according to a reliable source...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTE2NDQ

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    Some people might disagree with me, but I don't really see this as shocking. Let's talk Wayland in Ubuntu terms:

    Ubuntu 12.10: no Wayland
    Ubuntu 13.04: maybe some XWayland usage with open source drivers
    Ubuntu 13.10: now XWayland should definitly be included for open source drivers
    Ubuntu 14.04: no change because it's an LTS release
    Ubuntu 14.10: first possibility of using Wayland completely without Xorg (XWayland)

    So it's not as if Wayland is just around the corner anyway. They will change their minds in a year or two.

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    one more reason they can go bankrupt for all I care


    haswell + wayland = the win

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    I think it would be a HUGE mistake for AMD to support wayland through blob driver. Open source drivers are THE WAY to support Linux, and moving forward, should be the ONLY way. This will push a lot more people into the open source drivers and result in a more consistent and more functional experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by droidhacker View Post
    I think it would be a HUGE mistake for AMD to support wayland through blob driver. Open source drivers are THE WAY to support Linux, and moving forward, should be the ONLY way. This will push a lot more people into the open source drivers and result in a more consistent and more functional experience.
    This. Looking at the radeon driver, we'll get 2D acceleration, some OpenGL support and basic power saving that will sometimes work on 6 years old card by 2020. That is so the way to go...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bug77 View Post
    This. Looking at the radeon driver, we'll get 2D acceleration, some OpenGL support and basic power saving that will sometimes work on 6 years old card by 2020. That is so the way to go...
    It's astonishing that anybody would actually use a blob these days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnc View Post
    It's astonishing that anybody would actually use a blob these days!
    There is a big percentage of people that want max performance out of their system. And they buy nVidia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnc View Post
    It's astonishing that anybody would actually use a blob these days!
    I actually might be moving back to the blob soon as Blender's OpenCL renderer is getting close to being ready.

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    AMD Catalyst Will Not Support Next Xorg/Kernel version Anytime Soon
    Did you expect wayland support? You fool...

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnc View Post
    It's astonishing that anybody would actually use a blob these days!
    It's astonishing that some people cannot get their heads around the idea the for a product as complex as a modern GPU, open drivers are little more than a nice promise today. I may be more simple minded, but I'll take what works, thank you. Would I like all drivers to be open sourced? Sure! But there's this thing out there called "the world" that you can't just ignore. Or change at will.

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