ATi Radeon 8500 DRI to be Open Source!

June 8th, 2002 by

Jens Owen of Tungsten Graphics (mostly former VA Linux/Precision Insight employees) posted to the DRI developer’s mailing list with some excellent news about the future of DRI drivers for the ATi Radeon 8500 video card:

The Weather Channel is funding TG to develop an open source 3D DRI driver for the ATI Radeon 8500 graphics card. The driver will be released to the XFree86 Project around Q4 of 2002, to be distributed to the public in future versions of the XFree86 X Server.

Presumably this means that this Weather Channel is the one footing the bill for the development. Given that the current Linux support for the 8500 is limited to a binary-only driver that is intended for a related professional-level card, the delivery of an open driver is excellent news.

It should be noted that ATi is expected to announce their new line of cards, based on the R300 chipset used to run the Doom III demos at E3, in the coming months. Linux support for the 3D portion of those cards is unknown at this time.

5 Responses to “ATi Radeon 8500 DRI to be Open Source!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I have one question, sure to be on everyone else’s mind as well, and that is why? Why is The Weather Channel funding DRI development of the Radeon 8500? And where do they get the money to fund it?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I think the question I have is: ATI just released FireGL 8800 drivers that work for the Radeon 8500. Why is Tungsten essentially reinventing the wheel? Why can’t ATI and the Weather Channel come to some sort of deal about this?


  3. Anonymous Says:

    Q4 of 2002 is quite a long time to wait.

    Can we expect to see their progress in the DRI snapshots soon?

  4. bobcat Says:

    I think this is nice, and good, but until ATI commits to Linux, Radeon drivers all always going to be a problem. it’s really sad that a 3rd party has to fund this when ATI should be all over Linux support.

  5. Hohlraum Says:

    so why do you expect them to release ones for linux? By all accounts the hardware ati threw at the newest 8500 series should have allowed it to trounce nvidia’s offerings. But it didn’t, why do you think that is? I’ll tell ya. Crappy drivers.

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