To those running ATI Radeon graphics cards on Linux, this week
has been very important with several key announcements having been made.
The TTM memory manager is getting ready for inclusion into the Linux
kernel, which finally will allow the open-source ATI driver (and soon
the Nouveau driver too for NVIDIA hardware) to have kernel-based GPU
memory management. With the memory management work set in the ATI driver
via a mix of TTM and GEM, the ATI kernel mode-setting is also getting
ready to be released as a staging driver within the Linux 2.6.31 kernel.
The announcements this week have not been only about the GPU and Linux
kernel, but the Radeon driver rewrite has also been merged to master. As
we discussed in yesterday's news post, this Radeon Mesa re-write brings
several key improvements immediately and there are still more features