AMD Commits To Accelerate Graphics Driver Support For Linux Kernel

Will 2020 be the year of Linux Desktop? Well, within the past three months, various news regarding the support for Linux has already witnessed it at some level. For instance, Microsoft’s previewed antivirus for Linux and the Linux-based Azure Sphere for IoT solutions or the latest Zen 3 code push by AMD for its 19h family graphic driver.

The open-source community is moving swiftly along with propriety stakeholders. And the recent job posting by AMD for Lead Linux kernel developer is cherry on the cake. AMD plans to grasp the market of open-source graphics drivers for Linux.

AMD is already working to improve energy efficiency and process performance with its new EUV lithography technique in Zen 3 architecture based processor. They also hiring experts with high-level programming experience in x86 or ARM architecture in both kernel and user modes on Linux.

So, AMD is mainly targetting to design and maintain an AMDGPU graphic driver for Linux. Hence, the job description demands a candidate having GPU programming experience in OpenCL, CUDA, or HIP.

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AMD Graphics Driver To Dominate Linux Support

This will definitely mark the rapid and dedicated development for Linux open-source driver stack for AMD’s GPU and APU product support.

If you look at the competitor, NVIDIA recently released a new stable driver in the long-lived 440 series with Linux kernel 5.6 support. The new driver mainly supports two NVIDIA graphic processing units, GeForce MX330, and GeForce MX350.

But the stats also show that AMD is selling more GPUs than Nvidia and AMD is the first preference for gamers with 25.17% Linux users using AMD processors.

Not only that, but AMD also dominates with the midrange desktop GPU, Radeon RX 5600 XT, that costs just $279.

Overall, new hiring reflects the interest of AMD for enhancing graphics support and its influence. So that in the end, it’s Linux users who would get a better experience with AMD GPUs.