will we ever have radeon drivers that aren't crap?

John Mellor john.mellor at gmail.com
Fri Jul 24 00:13:48 UTC 2009

On Thu, 2009-07-23 at 20:15 +0200, Julian Aloofi wrote:
> Am Donnerstag, den 23.07.2009, 13:56 -0400 schrieb Robert P. J. Day:
> > apologies for the unduly harsh tone but, seriously, will there ever
> > be radeon drivers available for fedora that aren't complete junk?
> > this has been going on for some time now, and nothing's changed.
> > 
> >   currently, on my 1280x800 display gateway laptop, i need to run the
> > vesa driver and get only 1024x768 because, if i try to run the radeon
> > driver, i'll get my full resolution, and my session will last maybe
> > 10-15 minutes before finally locking up, at which point the only
> > response i can get is moving the mouse around the screen verrrrrry
> > slowly but nothing else, requiring a power cycle.  (the vesa driver
> > will, of course, work perfectly for days on end.)
> > 
> >   it's been like this since early in the f11 test cycle, and it
> > depresses me to think i'll still be fighting with this when the first
> > cut of f12 comes out.
> > 
> >   what's the story on video drivers these days?  and why are they such
> > unmitigated trash?
> > 
> > </rant>
> > 
> > rday
> We had a radeon test day in the Fedora 11 test cycle:
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:Radeon_2009-04-01
> If you had this error in the test cycle, that would've been the right
> day to report it. My card works fine, by the way. If you want to get it
> fixed, some information, at least your card model would be nice.
> Regards,
> Julian

This is a Fedora-killer.  Nothing should be higher priority.

Is there any way to get Radeon HD support as a mandatory blocking issue
into F12 ?  If the incredibly bad situation is not fixed by F12 with
compiz and 3D gaming and everything else working correctly, then
probably the only people who will be left running Fedora will be on
laptops with their very low-end graphics, and some NVidia proprietary
driver users.

If it can't be fixed in that timeframe, is it possible to revert back to
the old DRI interfaces so that the proprietary ATI drivers will work

I can test, but not if it is going to hose my machine in a way that
cannot be easily recovered from.  Unfortunately, I don't have the time
available to code, as my real job takes priority.

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