Red Hat News Desk
AMD Releases Open-Source R600/700 3D Code for Linux
Code currently intended for developer usage
By: Linux News Desk
Jan. 5, 2009 01:00 AM
AMD has released code on the ATI R600 series concerning 3D acceleration so that the open-source Linux drivers can begin to support the newer ATI graphics processors. This Linux code is needed to begin fostering the development of an open-source R600 3D driver. The microcode for the newest GPUs has also been released.
Novell, AMD, and Red Hat developers have been doing a majority of the work taking advantage of the documentation, while internally at AMD they have been working to prepare the R600 documentation for release. Additionally, work has been performed to decide what code or documentation is needed for programming, sanitize it of any information not relevant to bringing up the 3D engine, remove any details concerning future ATI hardware, and then getting all of this work cleared by AMD's lead software and hardware architects so that it can be publicly released without any NDAs or other strings attached.
The newly released code is in a working state and is currently meant for developer usage.
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