Ubuntu Will Not Enable Open-Source VDPAU Support

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 19, 2014 10:55 AM EDT
Phoronix; By Michael Larabel
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A Phoronix reader has sent in an IRC log today where Ubuntu VDPAU support was asked about and Maarten Lankhorst of Canonical responded. While the VDPAU state tracker inside Gallium3D has stabilized greatly and can be used by the Nouveau driver as well as the R600/RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers, it will not be enabled. The Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix is widely supported by Linux multimedia software for offloading the video acceleration of popular video formats onto the GPU. This works really well in the open-source world with the AMD Radeon Linux driver stack since last year when they provided open-source support for UVD, the AMD Unified Video Decoder block found on most modern Radeon GPUs.

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