While AMD's open-source strategy was announced on Phoronix on
7 September 2007, it was on 17 September of the same year that the
Novell/SUSE developers did their first public release of their
xf86-video-radeonhd driver. This was the X.Org driver created by the
Novell Linux engineers in months prior for R500 and R600 GPUs. Here is
some special reading -- a letter that was volleyed from Novell to AMD
that kicked off this entire process -- to celebrate what would have been
the fourth birthday of this open-source Linux driver.