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  • AMD Catalyst 12.8 Driver For Linux: Not Exciting

    Phoronix: AMD Catalyst 12.8 Driver For Linux: Not Exciting

    A Catalyst 12.8 proprietary driver release is now available for Linux, but it doesn't pack much in the way of changes...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTE2MTY

  • #2
    Since when is BINARY BLOB ***ever*** exciting??????
    What would be EXCITING is if they cancelled the blob altogether and set all the devs on to the radeon driver.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
      Since when is BINARY BLOB ***ever*** exciting??????
      What would be EXCITING is if they cancelled the blob altogether and set all the devs on to the radeon driver.
      The blob shares a lot of code with windows/mac drivers, so it's not like there's a big bunch of people working on the Linux blob.

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      • #4
        My guess is that AMD devs are currently focusing on incorporating the changes that resulted out of the joint debugging and improving sessions at VALVE.
        This code probably gets refined, tested and possibly improved. Extensive changes also need lots of testing and likely some bug-fixing.

        I suppose they will release all that goodness in October or November when the Steam client gets unleashed.

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        • #5
          All I want is working suspend and resume on AMD Fusion

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          • #6
            It was little exciting for me

            My laptops battery has increased. It shows more than 4 hours in integrated card. Still the fgl_glxgears fps has not changed from 700-800 and I am still unable to run any wine game that involves directx. Native linux games like trine runs fine.

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            • #7
              I tried it last night on a Trinity laptop ( A10 + discrete 7670M ) and there is no noticeable difference in power consumption. The laptop is still very warm in basic usage ( compared to windows ).

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ancurio View Post
                The blob shares a lot of code with windows/mac drivers, so it's not like there's a big bunch of people working on the Linux blob.
                So?



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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ElderSnake View Post
                  All I want is working suspend and resume on AMD Fusion
                  Works 100% on my Llano....

                  Oh wait, that's because I'm using the superior free radeon driver and not some crappy blob.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by xpressrazor View Post
                    My laptops battery has increased. It shows more than 4 hours in integrated card. Still the fgl_glxgears fps has not changed from 700-800 and I am still unable to run any wine game that involves directx. Native linux games like trine runs fine.
                    glxgears is not a benchmark.
                    wine is a hack, not *expected* to work... ever.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Agross View Post
                      I tried it last night on a Trinity laptop ( A10 + discrete 7670M ) and there is no noticeable difference in power consumption. The laptop is still very warm in basic usage ( compared to windows ).
                      Have you tried disabling the discrete chip? Your A10 is no higher wattage than my A8-3500 (35 watt), and mine sits most of the time with the CPU fan OFF. Fan goes on only when ambient is extra warm or when I start working it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ElderSnake View Post
                        All I want is working suspend and resume on AMD Fusion
                        Didn't try 12.8 yet, but it always worked on my AMD Fusion E-350 based notebook.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
                          Works 100% on my Llano....

                          Oh wait, that's because I'm using the superior free radeon driver and not some crappy blob.
                          '''Beware the dog'''

                          I'm sure you get a ban because of your hate speech LOL

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
                            wine is a hack, not *expected* to work... ever.
                            That is because you are using an ATI card. I have a geforce on my desktop that 'just works'. I can play TF2, SupCom, Civ4 at 1080p full details ( well, minus a few shaders and such ) , online multi-player without any kind of problems.

                            On the other hand, the Trinity laptop can barely play TF2 with inferior image quality, SupCom has horrible artefacts and Civ4 crashes randomly.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
                              Have you tried disabling the discrete chip? Your A10 is no higher wattage than my A8-3500 (35 watt), and mine sits most of the time with the CPU fan OFF. Fan goes on only when ambient is extra warm or when I start working it.
                              Yes, I did select 'use only APU' from Catalyst ( or something like that ) and the temperature does drop significantly, but it is a far cry from windows where, after hours of browsing and 1080p movies, heat is barely noticeable. I don't think the all the APU thermal throttling and power-saving features are used in the 2.6 and 3.2 kernels that I used.

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