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Haiku Gains Support For Current Radeon HD Cards 70

Posted by timothy
from the old-and-new-together dept.
As reported by Phoronix, the Haiku operating system "has added (untested) support for the newest AMD Radeon graphics cards to its open-source driver for the BeOS-compatible operating system." (Specifically, that support is for the "Mullins" and "Hawaii" graphics processors.) Impressive that this project keeps the BeOS flag raised and continues to modernize; Haiku has been around since 2001 — years longer than Be, Inc. itself lasted.
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Haiku Gains Support For Current Radeon HD Cards

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  • No acceleration (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 25, 2014 @07:40PM (#47089821)

    Remember, no graphics (not "No modern Radeon HD graphics" or even "No Radeon graphics" but no graphics at all) in Haiku are hardware accelerated.

    The ONLY acceleration they offer at all is YCbCr scalable overlays for video on old chipsets that still did that sort of thing, which obviously Radeon HD does not. No 3D, no compositing, no blit operations, everything is done in RAM and then the whole frame is copied to the framebuffer.

    Of course today's CPUs are really fast. So long as you do simple 2D graphics or you have a really poky high-end CPU, Haiku can make this look pretty good despite not using virtually any of the transistors on your $200 graphics card.

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