First open source driver for new Radeon graphics cards released

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  1. Pedro

    Pedro Registered Member

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    http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/96235

    I still haven't understood all the names, r500, r300, who built them etc., but this seems to be a step in the right direction for AMD. ATI alone would not do this.
     
  2. Mrkvonic

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    Hello,
    Looks like a step in the right direction.
    Mrk
     
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    This is really very nice to know because Radeon cards have traditionally had pretty poor open source support. Its nice to see this flaw finally being addressed by AMD! :)

    As for R300, R400, R500 etc....these are codenames for the chips on various graphics cards.

    R3xx/RV3xx - Radeon 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800, X300, X550, X600
    R4xx/RV4xx - Radeon X700, X800, X850 families
    R5xx/RV5xx - Radeon X1000 series
    R6xx/RV6xx - Radeon 2000 series

    Where x stands for any number :)
     
  4. Pedro

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    Thanks Firecat :)
     
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    Perhaps this will put some pressure on the NVIDIA side to open their drivers.
     
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