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AMD Graphics Open Source

AMD Confirms Vulkan Driver For Linux, But To Start Off As Closed-Source 47

An anonymous reader writes: AMD has finally revealed some basic details concerning their support of Vulkan on Linux. AMD has a Vulkan driver but it will begin its life as closed-source, reports Phoronix. In time the AMD Vulkan driver will transition to being open-source. This Vulkan driver is built to interface with their new AMDGPU kernel DRM driver that's part of their long talked about AMD open-source strategy for Linux. This closed-then-open Vulkan driver will be competing with Valve's Intel Vulkan driver that will be open from day one.
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AMD Confirms Vulkan Driver For Linux, But To Start Off As Closed-Source

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  • by r-diddly ( 4140775 ) on Thursday September 17, 2015 @05:36PM (#50544593)
    I have a Vulcan driver... he's very dependable, never a road-rager (except during Pan Faar but I usually just give him the week off).
  • by BigBuckHunter ( 722855 ) on Thursday September 17, 2015 @06:16PM (#50544881)
    Like the saying goes.... Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me a dozen times over the course of two decades, shame on me. I fully expect to be nickel'ed and dime'ed over features like clock-speed, GPU, video transcoding, and thermal management until well after the product's lifecycle.
    • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

      by bug1 ( 96678 )

      AMD is like capitalism, its terrible, but not as terrible as the alternatives.

  • Is it closed source because the Direct Rendering Manager driver has to enforce Digital Restrictions Management in order for things like Netflix to work?

    • Is it closed source because the Direct Rendering Manager driver has to enforce Digital Restrictions Management in order for things like Netflix to work?

      In Soviet Russia, Netflix watches YOU!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    There is no reason to keep this closed source. Their developers are obviously morons (proven by the last 20+ years of idiocy). Maybe try actually embracing a new form of software? Seeing as how it shouldn't matter to a hardware company. I mean there are developers chomping at the bit to create badass software for you products. Yet you shun them? WTF?!

    Fucking hell, how many times do you want to shoot yourself in the foot? I hate to see AMD die because there is no other competition to Intel but God Damn they

    • The software model is not new, and it's not even uncommon anymore! Stallman was right about them too.
  • No, fuck YOU, AMD. I'm buying intel.

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