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Graphics:, xf86-video-ati, DRM, and Open-Source Mali GPU Driver

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  • xf86-video-ati 18.0 X.Org Driver Released

    Days after the release of xf86-video-amdgpu 18.0 is now an updated xf86-video-ati / Radeon DDX release for namely the pre-GCN graphics processors.

    The xf86-video-ati 18.0 release is available today that like the AMDGPU DDX driver has also switched over to a year-based versioning scheme. With most attention these days being on GCN Radeon GPUs, there isn't too much to this Radeon DDX driver that ends out its support with the Radeon HD 6000 series, depending upon if GCN 1.0/1.1 support for your kernel is set to AMDGPU yet or not.

  • Aspect Ratio Support Within The Linux Kernel's DRM Code Revised

    Intel open-source developer Ankit Nautiyal has restarted work on adding picture aspect ratio support to the Linux kernel's Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) layer.

    Previous work on adding aspect ratio handling to the DRM subsystem's mode-setting paths and exposing that to user-space had failed and been reverted since it didn't properly deal with user-space applications not supporting the aspect ratio information attached to modes. With these new patches, the new aspect ratio support is hidden behind a capability flag as to not cause problems for existing software.

  • Libdrm 2.4.91 Released With AMDGPU, Android & Freedreno Updates

    Version 2.4.91 of the Mesa DRM library (libdrm) is now available for this component that notably sits between the Linux kernel and various user-space clients like Mesa and the X.Org Server.

  • Work Is Underway On Assembler, Shader Support For Chai Open-Source Mali GPU Driver

    Last month we reported on work resuming with the Mali T700 series open-source GPU driver called Chai. It's continued with the lead developer now working on an Assembler and soon beginning work on shaders.

    Alyssa Rosenzweig who has been working on this open-source Mali T700 driver from where the Lima project left off several years ago continues making progress.