AMD Details Strategic Open-Source Initiative

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<p><strong>Sunnyvale, Calif. &mdash; Sept. 20</strong><br />AMD has announced a major strategic initiative to support the open-source development community for ATI Radeon graphics processors. </p><p>The week of Sept. 10, AMD provided an open-source information and development package supporting the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series, as well as ATI Radeon X1000 series of graphics processing units (GPU) on Linux desktops. To accelerate this initiative, AMD partnered with Novell&#39;s SuSE Linux engineering team. </p><p>The initial release includes source code and hardware specifications to engage the open source community for collaboration on 2-D graphics drivers. </p><p>Over the following months, AMD will work with the community to enable 2-D, 3-D and video-playback acceleration to provide the best possible experience on the Linux desktop. </p><p>This strategy complements and enhances AMD&#39;s existing support of the Linux community through its regularly released high performance Catalyst driver.</p><p>”AMD has a proven track record of collaboration with the software eco-system to support the needs of the open source community,” said Phil Hester, AMD senior vice president and chief technology officer. “With this announcement, we&#39;re demonstrating our commitment to respond to the needs of the open source community and adopt a consistent approach across CPU and GPU technologies. </p><p>”By supporting open-source drivers on our industry-leading ATI Radeon graphics processors, we accelerate innovation across the entire AMD platform.”<br /><br />AMD and Novell have worked closely together for many years to bring breakthrough technology to the open source market. With this driver announcement, AMD and Novell continue their successful collaboration to deliver innovative solutions to the marketplace.<br /><br />”The lack of open-source drivers for graphics hardware has long been a major obstacle for Linux developers and Linux desktop users,” said Nat Friedman, Novell chief technology and strategy officer for open source. “Our ultimate goal is complete, high-quality open-source drivers for all video hardware. Novell is pleased to have extended our collaboration with AMD to deliver the initial drivers that will allow open source developers to make the Linux experience even better on desktops, laptops and workstations, and we look forward to contributing this initial code to X.Org.”</p>

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