ATI Radeon: Do the newer cards require proprietary firmware?
Hi. I want to buy an AMD graphics card, because I understand that they have good FOSS support. However, I've had problems in the past because the older ATI card I bought, and the chip in on my motherboard, both required a proprietary firmware blob from a non-libre Linux kernel. So I'm wondering if that is something that is no longer a problem in the newer ATI cards, and if so, which of the ATI "series" it is safe for me to buy.
I'm most interested, I think, in the r800 (Evergreen) series, because apparently Gallium3D is targeting this series for their best OpenGL and OpenCL support. (Yes, I'm interested in GPGPU programming.)
I posted a similar thread a few months back, but I didn't learn much at the time because I was less educated on the subject, and I didn't know which questions to ask.