[mythtv] AMD To Drop Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 Catalyst Support: (was: Re: MythTV 0.26, XVideo, and OpenGL)

Lennart Sorensen lsorense at csclub.uwaterloo.ca
Fri Apr 20 23:01:32 UTC 2012

On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 10:48:08PM +0000, Gary Buhrmaster wrote:
> Well, mostly, but eventually you may want to upgrade to
> kernel version n+1 (or X.org version n+1), and unlike some
> OS vendors that promise stable ABIs, Linux makes no
> such promises.  The interposers (between the kernel/X)
> and the binary blobs can only do so much.  Sometimes
> you need to change the binary blobs (and that will no
> longer be done by ATI for their older cards).  It *might*
> be possible to create kernel modules that fake the
> required kernel functions for the binary blobs, but, as
> with much else, it would depend.  It is one more of the
> realities of using binary blob drivers on Linux.  You are
> completely at the mercy of the vendor of the binary
> blob.  This is not the first time ATI has cut loose older
> GPUs on Linux.  I would be surprised if it is the last.
> Caveat Emptor.

The bad thing is ATI cuts off things they still have for sale.

nvidia at least has the decensy to wait until they are really old first
and haven't been for sale for quite a while.

Len Sorensen

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