ATI on FreeBSD! FireGL Linux Driver Port

James Tanis jtanis at
Tue Dec 27 13:56:46 PST 2005

I'm not really sure what the point is. Develop a FreeBSD native module
to support a linux-emulated DRM/X/etc? While the FreeBSD module is
obviously necessary, ATI's X11/XOrg driver should be extremely
portable seeing as how X's API is the same across platforms.. Just
seems a bit.. ass backwards in all fairness.. I guess if ATI isn't
going to throw you a bone its the best you can do, but that's a very
*large* installation base just to run a smattering of programs. ATI's
pretty much lost my business, unless they change their attitude
towards open source drastically and quick the 9800 I bought years ago
was the last purchase they'll see from me. Don't take this as a put
down, if your able to deliver on this, it'll definately be a nice
addition -- I'm just used to disappointment as far as ATI is concerned

On 12/26/05, Chris Gilbert <Chris at> wrote:
> Hi there!
> Some time ago (about a year actually) I started some work in cooperation with
> ATI to port their Linux "fglrx" driver to FreeBSD.
> Well, about 2 months into that process I ended up moving to the other side of
> the pond and leaving one of my dev machines behind. (The one with the ATI
> card)
> However, this last week I managed to get ahold of another machine with an ATI
> card, and have picked back up where I left off about 9 months ago.
> I've put together a preliminary alpha release of the driver port in it's
> current state, and done a bit of testing myself. However, I would be thrilled
> to get some feedback from you guys!
> I have probably done some really horrible things, and I would like to hear it
> from you nice folks rather than from a thousand angry gamers. :)
> The driver as it stands does the following:
>  * Installs the applicable linux libraries, and ATI programs to your
> linux_base.
>  * Compiles and installs the following ATI programs (For FreeBSD):
> fgl_glxgears, fglrx_gamma, and the ATI control panel.
>  * Installs the X11 drivers and libraries. (Linux builds, but work fine under
> FreeBSD)
>  * Supports full 2D acceleration, including accelerated XVideo.
>  * Supports TV out and MultiHead.
>  * Does NOT support 3D acceleration, or build the kernel module.
> I have tested the driver with an ATI Radeon 9800LE, and it seems to work great
> for desktop, non-gaming use. (Playing video, running KDE, etc)
> I am currently working on the kernel module portion of the project.
> The X side of the driver is ready and waiting for a DRM device to plug into.
> The current hurdles are working with the ATI team to get rid of any
> show-stopping linux specifics in the closed-source static libraries which I
> have to link my kernel module to.
> If there is significant intrest in the project's current state, (without 3D) I
> will make a proper port and submit it.
> If there are any problems please let me know and I will do my best to fix them
> You can download it at:
> Enjoy!
> --
> Regards,
> Chris Gilbert
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