Yesterday AMD’s Michel Danzer announced that the AMD Radeon HD 7000 “Southern Islands” are now fully supporting 2D acceleration in Linux-based systems.
It’s been a year since we first saw the new graphics cards from Radeon HD 7000 Series. There were many architectural changes in comparison to Radeon HD 6000 series, which resulted in much more effort for developers to prepare a fully working drivers for Linux systems. As far as kernel mode-setting support is always provided fairly quick, the 3D and 2D mode is the other story. It took AMD few months to prepare first open source drivers for Linux, and those did not support 2D acceleration yet.
The new version of drivers brings 2D acceleration for linux-based systems, so everyone who has those powerful cards in their systems can now enjoy a smooth operation while using it.
On the contrary to the common believe, it’s a good news for Linux users that Radeon HD 8000 series will not provide a noticeable architectural changes, because the drivers will be much easier to implement. So if you were wondering if the same story happens with the new series, you should expect a working driver coming even quicker.
This is particularly important news since Steam announced its beta application for Linux. It’s a community of 80,000 testers, so I’m quite sure there are many Radeon HD 7000 users there who will be pleased with even more efficient drivers.