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:
Bugs can be filed at /bugs.freedesktop.org under the X.Org product, component radeonhd.
I’m looking forward to seeing the driver in the openSUSE 11.0 release next year.