At the end of our ATI Year in Review for 2006, we had stated,
"next year will be a very interesting time for ATI/AMD Linux users."
Looking back upon that statement, it has certainly turned out to be
true, but perhaps an understatement for all of the AMD Linux work that
has actually went on this year. The Catalyst Control Center was finally
ported to Linux; there is now AIGLX support for use with Compiz, and the
most substantial improvement being a brand new code-base for their
proprietary Linux driver. Aside from their binary driver, they have
developed a strong interest in better enabling the open-source community
through releasing GPU documentation to the public (without NDAs!) and
collaborating with Novell on the development of the RadeonHD driver. It
has been one hell of a year for AMD, and in this article, we are going
to look back at their twelve major driver releases from the year as well
as re-benchmark all of these different versions.