X.org adds initial ATI/AMD Radeon r500 support

A little over a week ago, the r500 reverse engineering project announced its first release. The driver is not yet functional and doesn't yet support the X1800 and above, but support is expected soon.

Why is this important to Gnash? Because a lot of people are interested in hardware OpenGL acceleration for Gnash graphics. Unfortunately, many recent 3D cards cannot be used with free software drivers, which is why some of our developers shy away from developing Gnash using the OpenGL backend.

However, thanks to the fresh r500 project, the work already done by the r300 project and the efforts from the nouveau project will hopefully change this situation.