Enterprise Linux Log

Sep 25 2007   12:28PM GMT

Novell shows off open source ATI drivers


As this relates to one of our most popular blog posts ever here at the Enterprise Linux Log, I thought it was worth a mention. Apparently, Novell has released an alpha level video driver for ATI Radeon R5xx/R6xx boards. Seriously, at 77 comments, our original post from the Red Hat Summit last May on the open source drivers topic is the most read and most discussed post in our short little history. Kudos to Jan Stafford on the scoop.

The Inquirer has more to say (and, really, when don’t they?):

The software release comes just eight days after AMD open sourced the register specs for the cards. It supports only initial mode settings at the moment, but SUSE developers plan to add support for more hardware, RanR 1.2, video overlay and 2D acceleration soon.

Novell’s ATI Radeon R5xx/R6xx video drivers are available in a multi-distribution package that supports the Fedora, Mandriva, and all SUSE flavours of Linux

This was a big deal when AMD announced a similar item way back in May, and it appears that it will remain a big deal for some time to come. The topic is kind of outside the focus of our parent site, SearchEnterpriseLinux.com, but you can be sure updates will find their way here to the blog when they happen.

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