Typical really, the day after I do a review of 2017 and mention how AMD announced they would finally release it, but still didn't, they then go and do it today. The 'AMDVLK' is now officially under the MIT license!
The announcement I saw came courtesy of Matthäus G. Chajdas from AMD on Twitter, which was retweeted by another developer I follow to end up in my timeline.
The curious thing now, is what will happen in the open source driver space for AMD GPUs. Since the Mesa RADV driver has come a long way, it will be interesting to see what happens between the two efforts. It is entirely seperate to Mesa, with it being built to work with AMD's Platform Abstraction Library (PAL). That's the awesome thing, their PAL is also now open source under the MIT license.
AMD have listed support for these GPUs:
- Radeon™ HD 7000 Series
- Radeon™ HD 8000M Series
- Radeon™ R5/R7/R9 200/300 Series
- Radeon™ RX 400/500 Series
- Radeon™ M200/M300/M400 Series
- Radeon™ RX Vega Series
- AMD FirePro™ Workstation Wx000/Wx100/Wx300 Series
- Radeon™ Pro WX x100 Series
- Radeon™ Pro 400/500 Series
AMD are only listing support for Ubuntu 16.04.3 and RedHat 7.4 right now, but hopefully now it's fully open work can be done to enable good support for a wider selection of distributions.
It sure took them a while, but with open source releases they do end up having to go through legal hoops to ensure there's nothing in the code that they're not actually allowed to open source. There's probably plenty of other checks it has to go through too, but it is fantastic that AMD have done this.