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The key developers at Novell that are behind the open-source RadeonHD driver for the ATI R500/600 graphics processors have been doing a great job (as you can find out by reading a number of our RadeonHD articles). Previously we reported that the Novell developers had hoped to complete the 2D RadeonHD work by the end of the year; however, that will no longer be the case. Novell's Matthias Hopf, one of the RadeonHD lead developers, had commented: "Maybe, MAYBE, some initial stuff (ScreenToScreenCopy or so) will be done this year, but I'd rather doubt it." He had also stated, "The people at AMD have also worked a lot lately." Beyond that, no other details were shed on a revised road-map or when AMD may release their next set of GPU specifications. Wouldn't it be a wonderful present to the free software community if AMD did their next documentation dump in time for Christmas?