Christmas Comes In July For An Open ATI

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Many Linux users will be celebrating the Christmas holiday in five months, but it seems there's a holiday worth celebrating today for open-source ATI Linux users.

Just hours ago AMD released a new AtomBIOS parser, but there is even more worth celebrating. It turns out that David Airlie with Red Hat has been secretly working on kernel-based mode-setting support using AtomBIOS. In fact, he pushed out the initial code this afternoon that delivers R500 (Radeon X1000) kernel mode-setting support!

As detailed in David Airlie's blog post, he's been trying out this new ATI parser for the past couple of weeks and he's started to formulate the kernel mode-setting code. This ATI KMS support contains a GEM style API to user-space layered on top of TTM internals and the mode-setting support for the R500 and RS690 series.

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