Last month was an odd month where an aticonfig issue had caused two fglrx display drivers to be released in the same month (8.38.6 and 8.38.7). Though it seems the AMD release train has run off the tracks once more and we'll probably see another driver out of the AMD camp in the coming days. If you're using the distribution-specific packaging scripts or obtaining the fglrx driver from a distribution repository, it's recommended to not upgrade to fglrx v8.39.4. While not an issue that will harm you, you'll be stuck with an AMD watermark in the bottom right hand corner of the screen that reads "Testing use only".
Today AMD had released the 8.39.4 display driver, which offers support for Fedora 7 and also corrects some bugs. However, at least one serious issue has crept into this driver. If you are running the fglrx driver right now, chances are there's a black and green watermark in the lower right hand corner of your screen that says "AMD Testing Use Only". This watermark is only supposed to display on internal/beta fglrx builds.
Over the past several days we have seen some interesting developments with the Avivo driver due to the increased performance (attributed to shadow frame-buffer support). In the past five hours we have seen six commits to the xf86-video-avivo driver. These commits all pertain to avivotool with some of the changes being to dump 128 bytes of EDID data instead of 64 bytes, verbose i2c information, and making i2c more reliable. Additional information is available from the driver gitweb page.
Last week we reported that version 0.1.0 of the Avivo driver would soon be released and that following day were several noteworthy commits to the driver such as new PCI IDs added and cleaning up the code. Over the weekend, Alexander Larsson has added shadow frame-buffer support. To use the Shadow frame-buffer with the Avivo driver using the latest code from git, the ShadowFB boolean option needs to be added to the device section of the xorg.conf. Jerome Glisse has also fixed the 15 and 16 bits screen color depth with the driver.
Yesterday we told you that the Avivo 0.1 driver will be out shortly, and in the past 24 hours now we have seen a number of commits to the Avivo git. There have been eight commits in the past day that range from adding a number of new PCI IDs, removing the FB manager, cleaning up the initialization code, and properly using the Avivo scaler. In total there are now 68 ATI Radeon X100 "R500" GPUs supported. Last month we posted an article on the open-source ATI R500 driver. You can discuss this driver in the Phoronix Forums.
Jerome Glisse has passed along word that version 0.1.0 of the Avivo Driver will soon be released. This open-source R500 and R600 driver for the ATI Radeon X1000 (and eventually Radeon HD 2000) hardware will have support for some shadow things and will be at least as fast as the VESA driver currently along with a few additional fixes. New PCI IDs for other Radeon R500 parts will also be added in Avivo 0.1.0. Jerome mentioned that this should be a good release for deeper and wider testing especially with RandR 1.2.
The very first (and very rudimentary) open-source Xorg driver for the ATI Radeon X1000 "R500" series has been released! However, before downloading it, this driver only contains code to initialize and set video modes on the Radeon X1300 to X1600 graphics cards. RandR 1.2 support for the R500 driver is being worked on and may surface shortly. Their current road-map is for getting the Radeon X1600 to X1900 series initialize using this driver, add the RandR 1.2 support, add simple 2D acceleration, work on R500 3D reverse engineering, and implement TTM DRM for memory management. Today's first open-source driver release for the R500 series is available through git on FreeDesktop.org. As this driver progresses we will provide additional information and ultimately benchmarks. The release announcement can be read on the Xorg list.
David Airlie has pointed out on his blog that a lot of work has been done on the Radeon randr-1.2 branch to make it a lot more useful, as after Radeon 6.7, the randr-1.2 branch will be merged with the Radeon X.Org driver and 6.7 will be the last release to support mergedFB mode. Airlie also mentioned that a ATI 6.6.192 pre-release is now available. This is a driver for X server 1.3 and includes a lot of fixes made since the last release candidate.
Known to enthusiasts as "Barcelona" for months, AMD's first quad-core processor series has received its new product name. AMD will not be using any "Athlon" tag with their quad-core parts but instead will be known as "Phenom". While the AMD Phenom processors are not yet available, they will be so shortly. The AMD Phenom announcement can be read in the AMD Press Room. Will The AMD Phenom processors be "Phenom"-enal? You'll need to wait to find out.
AMD has now officially announced the Radeon HD 2000 "R600" generation of graphics cards (also the first to be branded AMD instead of ATI). Two press releases were issued about these new mobile and desktop GPUs, which can be read here and here. There is also a new product page for the ATI HD 2000 Graphics Family. The Phoronix technical preview (with Linux words) on the HD 2000 family can be read in our AMD Radeon HD 2900XT Preview. You can also share this Phoronix article here and discuss it in the Phoronix Forums.
According to Chris Blizzard, taking place at this year's Red Hat Summit is word from AMD's Henri Richard who has made known their commitment on improving their fglrx Linux drivers. More information to come soon.
After multiple delays and going through numerous revisions, the ATI/AMD R600 (Radeon 2000 series) GPU family is finally scheduled for released towards the middle of May (circa May 14). Earlier this week some new Microsoft Windows benchmarks for the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT surfaced which shows this high-end GPU outperforming NVIDIA's flagship 8800 series. But how well will the Radeon HD 2000 series run under Linux? We have been reporting for several months that we know for a fact ATI/AMD has been working on prompt fglrx R600 support after the troubles that had occurred with the R500 (X1000) series support. However, will the performance in the new fglrx drivers be any better for the R600 series than it was for the inaugural R500 support? Will AMD schedule its new Catalyst driver rewrite for Linux at the same as the R600 launch? Under Linux with the respective binary blobs, what will be the NVIDIA equivalent to the HD 2900 XT and HD 2900 XTX when it comes to the straight-up performance? While we will answer all of these questions after the R600 launch, you can share your thoughts on the potential ATI/AMD R600 impact on Linux in the Phoronix Forums.
Phoronix Forum member Pinx had spotted a new entry in the AMD Customer Care Knowledge-base. This entry was created on April 2 and then was last modified on April 8. In this entry they finally (publicly) acknowledge no support for AIGLX, Beryl, Compiz, MythTV, and TV TIME by the fglrx Linux drivers. The entry can be read here. Remember, things can change and they still can add the support :)
The AMD Catalyst Control Center for Linux is now available. This fireglcontrolpanel replacement ships with the fglrx 8.35.5 driver (released minutes ago) and has a ton of features. We have all of the details and plenty of screenshots covered at Phoronix. The new driver and AMD Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition (AMDCCCLE) can be discussed in the Phoronix Forums. Please Digg here.
The ATI 6.6.191 display driver has been released. No no, not the fglrx blob but instead a new release for the open-source ATI Radeon display driver. The ATI 6.6.191 release is a driver in the path to the ATI v6.7.0. The 6.6.191 driver contains major rewrites of the output subsystem and other changes. RandR 1.2 code will be merged with the ATI Radeon driver once X.Org 7.3 is out. The release announcement can be found at FreeDesktop.org.
Many Linux users have expressed concern over ATI's Catalyst Linux drivers for various reasons, but most of these users seem to be taking the wrong approach. These users express their disapproval and seek improvements by flaming on forums, forming petitions, bombarding the BugZilla, and using the ATI feedback form. However, this isn't really effective. On Michael's Phoronix web-blog he has outlined some strategies for actively engaging ATI/AMD's OEM/ODM/AIB partners in seeking Linux display driver improvements. He also states that at least one major OEM is interested in improved Linux drivers, but they are afraid of adverse effects to the Windows Catalyst drivers.
Today I heard from Daniel Stone who is one of the people working on the R500 reverse engineering. At this point they are still in the early stages of this new driver but within a few weeks they hope the register dumps will become useful... More Information.
AMD has today launched the new 690 series Chipset. The AMD 690 Chipset incorporates a ATI Radeon X1250 GPU (including Avivo!) and much more for use with AMD processors. The AMD press release is available here. Phoronix will be covering the AMD 690 Chipset under Linux in the near future.
AMD 8.34.8 Display Driver Review. Forum Link. AMD Linux Link.
If you are interested in running the AMD fglrx display drivers with Fedora 7 (Test 1), Michael Larabel is providing details on this process at MichaelLarabel.com. At the time of posting this news entry, he is still working on verifying that the new packaging scripts are working with Fedora 7. Stay tuned.
It looks like AMD/ATI is working on improving the fireglcontrolpanel, which right now lacks a ton of functionality. However, reports are saying that AMD is working on a new Qt Catalyst Control Panel for Linux, which is rumored to be completed by the end of the calendar year. More information is available in the Phoronix Forums.
Coming across this Digg article yesterday afternoon I found many of the comments to be quite inaccurate (and in some cases comical). A majority of the comments consisted of users bashing the fglrx drivers by typing a variety of obscenities. Those that had bothered to explain themselves were mostly disturbed due to the lack of Composite and Beryl/Compiz support. But does this really equate to the driver being evil and ATI/AMD not caring about their customers? Additional comments on this situation can be read at MichaelLarabel.com.
After publishing our NVIDIA AYiR 2006 earlier this month, we have now posted our ATI AYiR 2006. This nine page piece covers and re-tests all twelve of the fglrx display drivers released this year. We also share a few details about the forecast for ATI next year when it comes to their Linux software. This article can be discussed here and Digged here.
CNET News has constructed a 2006 year in review for open-source. Among the worthy highlights for this year in regards to open-source software was the public debate on the GNU GPL v3 license, Sun Microsystems picks the GPL for Java, and Microsoft making a Linux pact with Novell. Be sure to share your thoughts on this year's open-source news in the Phoronix Forums.
Advanced Micro Devices has released the ATI fglrx 8.31.5 Linux display driver. This new driver brings X11R72 support, official Radeon X1950 series support added, and quite a few bug fixes. The latest Linux display drivers for x86 and x86_64 along with accessing the release notes can be accessed from the Proprietary ATI Linux Driver page. The Phoronix review of these drivers can be found here along with Radeon X1950PRO Linux benchmarks. If you run into issues or want to share your thoughts on these drivers, be sure to stop by the forums.
AMD has jumped on the 65nm bandwagon today by releasing four AMD Athlon 64 X2 (AM2) processors using their 65nm SOI (Silicon On Insulator) process. These four models include the X2 5000+, 4800+, 4400+, and 4000+. By the middle of 2007, Advanced Micro Devices hopes to fully convert Fab 36 to 65nm production. Today's press release can be read here.
AMD's long awaited Quad FX platform has made its premiere this morning in the form of an AMD press release. The Quad FX is essentially two AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 series processors (also released today) and communicating with each other using DSDCA (Dual Socket Direct Connect Architecture) to offer a total of four physical cores. While it does use Socket F, the memory does not need to be ECC registered, but rather uses traditional DDR2 with Non-Uniform Memory Access support. The maker of the Chipset is actually NVIDIA and not ATI. The Quad FX platform also boasts NVIDIA Scalable Link Interface (SLI). The slowest in the AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 series is the FX-70 itself at $599 USD per processor, while the FX-72 and FX-74 are $799 and $999 respectively. All hardware for this platform is available today. If four cores aren't enough to suit your demanding needs, you may be interested in dual Intel Xeon 5300 Clovertowns, which will give you an octal core system.
AMD has issued the new fglrx display drivers -- coming only two weeks after 8.30.3. The changes are minimal though there is improved X-Video performance for Radeon X1000 products. The Phoronix review can be read here. Meanwhile join in on the discussion here and the release notes are at AMD.
AMD/ATI has today pushed out the fglrx 8.30.3 drivers. No new features are in this October 2006 release but there are a few bug fixes, and the Fedora packager now supports Fedora Core 6 Zod. The 8.30.3 Phoronix review can be found here, and the public discussion here.
Advanced Micro Device's acquisition of ATI Technologies is now complete. This $5.4 billion (USD) deal took months to complete but is now complete. With this deal now complete in 2007 AMD and ATI expect to deliver integrated platforms. They are also continuing to develop their x86 processor that integrates a CPU and GPU at the silicon level. This project has been codenamed "Fusion", and isn't expected to reach the public market until late 2008 or early 2009. No word was mentioned in the press release of open-sourcing any parts of the ATI graphics drivers. AMD's press release announcing the completed acquisition and future intentions can be found here.
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