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    Phoronix: AMD Opens Up Their Performance Library

    In another move of good faith for the open-source community, AMD has today announced it has opened up their once proprietary AMD Performance Library. The AMD Performance Library, or APL for short, has been opened up under the name of Framewave...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NjM0MQ

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    Some more insight on this? What does it do? How does it help us?

    Not that it's not awesome that they did it

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    Quote Originally Posted by oliver View Post
    Not that it's not awesome that they did it
    I couldn't agree more. I love to read things like "opens up" or "expand functonality", but what's the stuff in between about

    Among the supported operations are H.264 video decoding
    Wait a minute, wasn't that problematic because of Digital Restriction Management. I'm just a stupid user, so excuse my confusion

    Nevertheless, well done AMD!

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    @puntarenas: There's no problem in doing h264 decoding, you can have h264 with no DRM. Just go to apple's trailer website and you have lots of h264 trailers.

    Anyways, what I couldn't get was the license. Under what license is this being released?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [Knuckles] View Post
    @puntarenas: There's no problem in doing h264 decoding, you can have h264 with no DRM. Just go to apple's trailer website and you have lots of h264 trailers.
    Thanks, I mixed it up with the GPU documentations and there were some problems about documenting hardware acceleration without compromising DRM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [Knuckles] View Post
    @puntarenas: There's no problem in doing h264 decoding, you can have h264 with no DRM. Just go to apple's trailer website and you have lots of h264 trailers.

    Anyways, what I couldn't get was the license. Under what license is this being released?
    Checking the project's site in SourceForge should give you an idea.

    BTW, the license is Apache License V2.0 (http://sourceforge.net/projects/framewave/)

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    sounds like great news, lets check this baby out

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    Decoding the format (in this H.264) has nothing to do with DRM, however some H.264 are wrapped around encrypted containers, so it is necessary to decrypt the container to decode the content. Fortunately (apparently) the bits to actually decode the streams are not the same as the ones to decrypt the containers

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    We had names for Catalyst releases already, now there's:

    AMD tcore doc. - The Welcome to FOSDEM drop

    Can't wait for the article

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    it seems that amd has really taken opensource support seriously. let's see how fast the oss drivers would improve after the release of the new documentation and of this performance library.

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