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Open Source Driver for ATI Radeon R5xx/R6xx

September 18th, 2007 by

jacklab.jpg AMD has recently released register specifications for the ATI Radeon R5xx and R6xx graphic devices. Engineers from Novell have now released a first alpha quality Open Source driver which currently supports initial mode settings. Next steps are adding support for more hardware, RandR 1.2 support, video overlay support and 2D acceleration.

The developers are now seeking for help to extend support for all graphics cards and motherboards out there. You can get the alpha driver from the multi-distribution packages (Fedora, Mandriva, SUSE Linux Enterprise, and of course openSUSE) in the openSUSE Build Service at:


If you like to check out the latest source code, clone it via git with:


A mailing list has been created at radeonhd@opensuse.org (subscribe). The developers are also discussing the development on the IRC channel: #radeonhd on irc.freenode.net.

Bugs can be filed at http:/bugs.freedesktop.org under the X.Org product, component radeonhd.

Thanks to Egbert Eich, Luc Verhaegen and Matthias Hopf for their great work!

I’m looking forward to seeing the driver in the openSUSE 11.0 release next year.