Phoronix: “There’s good news for those of you wanting to quickly go out and pickup an AMD Fusion system as soon as it’s available: there’s already open-source drivers for Fusion.
AMD’s Alex Deucher has now confirmed that there are open-source graphics drivers for Fusion on Linux already in existence, but they’re just waiting for them to be approved for release. Alex (a.k.a. agd5f) mentioned this in our forums. “Open drivers are already written, just waiting for final approval to release.”
While it’s a bit of a surprise that the open-source drivers are already written and just behind held up by approval (perhaps more legal reviews), it should not come as a complete surprise that AMD has been working on open-source drivers for this CPU+GPU combo architecture.
Previous from our forums we also learned that while AMD does not yet have open-source Radeon HD 6000 drivers, they had been working on Fusion support much longer. AMD’s John Bridgman had wrote, “We’ll know more in another week or two. I was expecting the first Fusion parts to launch a bit earlier and the first Northern Island parts to launch a bit later, so I guess you could say we are in better shape for Ontario and worse shape for Barts than we would be in a perfect world.” Ontario is AMD’s first Fusion APU for netbooks, tablets, and other low-power devices.
It was just on Monday that AMD announced they would begin contributing to MeeGo even though it’s a “Nokia & Intel OS”, but this move will allow this open-source Linux operating system to gain presence on Fusion operating systems. With the unreleased open-source Fusion Linux drivers, it gives us hope we could see such support already by the time MeeGo 1.2 rolls around next spring.”