José Fonseca posted to the DRI developer and user mailing lists that Keith Whitwell has pronounced “ready for testing” the r200-0-1-branch of the DRI source tree, the driver for the ATI Radeon 8500 cards. Consequently, binary snapshots of the development code are being made available in the bleeding edge download directory. The readme says, in its entirety:
- Some front buffer or z-disabled apps have stopped working. Unfortunately, this includes the q3 menuscreen. Fix due shortly.
- TCL isn’t enabled, no performance tuning has been done.
This last bit means that the driver is not yet set up to use the GPU on ATI Radeon 8500 cards.
If you have a Radeon 8500 and would like to help out the development of this driver, please download and test it and report all problems to the dri-devel mailing list.