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  • AMD Catalyst Beats NVIDIA To Linux 3.12 Support

    Phoronix: AMD Catalyst Beats NVIDIA To Linux 3.12 Support

    The AMD Catalyst (fglrx) graphics driver is generally notorious in having belated support for new Linux kernel and X.Org Server releases while NVIDIA is usually very quick in supporting development kernels / xorg-servers. This time around for the Linux 3.12 kernel, the mainline Catalyst beta already supports the yet-to-be-out kernel while NVIDIA does not have this compatibility...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQ4NzM

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      Yeah ok... is not first of April yet...

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        Yea, what's up with all the graphics companies all of a sudden.

        The NVIDIA driver already supports 3.11?

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          Anyone from AMD can check if You haven't hired that "magican" from Arch community, who by himself always beat Linux Catalyst team to support newest kernels?
          (And whose patches where ignored by that team, even though some have hinted their existence on phoronix even).

          That would be great.

          Commitment to support new kernels from git:HEAD would be even greater. Is that this big news for Linux users some AMD employe hinted at?
          (Will that mean faster X.org support too?)

          PS

          Can anyone test new X.org releases if they are supported too?

          PSPS

          WoW! Just WoW!
          Both AMD and Nvidia DO show first tier support for Linux in binary drivers. (Ofc. AMD did have first tier + for the radeon driver for some long time now)
          Edit: (And Intel also have good i9xx support!)



          Valve did delivered 2 miracles now! Nvidia releasing some doc, and now AMD supporting newest&greatest kernel. Good to be Linux user now.

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            Originally posted by przemoli View Post
            Anyone from AMD can check if You haven't hired that "magican" from Arch community, who by himself always beat Linux Catalyst team to support newest kernels?
            (And whose patches where ignored by that team, even though some have hinted their existence on phoronix even).

            That would be great.

            Commitment to support new kernels from git:HEAD would be even greater. Is that this big news for Linux users some AMD employe hinted at?
            (Will that mean faster X.org support too?)
            That's not how it works. According to the AMD devs, fglrx has always supported the latest and greatest kernels. It's just that while going through internal testing, those latest and greatest kernels usually become old and outdated. So whatever changed this time has to do with their internal testing (not being as strict?).

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            • #7
              Oh yeah !

              AMD AMD AMD !!!HURRAH HURRAH HURRAH !!!

              Sorry....couldn't resist

              Kaveri-based (or even Richland-based) SteamBoxes at SteamBox launch with interesting prices and performance might be a reality !

              Now Michael....time to check out if the AMD blob got improved by Kernel 3.12 like OSS driver
              Last edited by AJSB; 10-16-2013, 01:05 PM.

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                Michael, same happened with 3.10 - Catalyst 13.8 Beta with 3.10 support was released earlier than nVidia driver with 3.10 support.

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                • #9
                  NVIDIA's blob does NOT even support Linux 3.11, damn!

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                    Originally posted by birdie View Post
                    NVIDIA's blob does NOT even support Linux 3.11, damn!
                    I have no problems using 325.15 or even 331.13 on Linux 3.11 on Arch Linux. Right, when 3.11 was released many weeks ago I could use the latest NVIDIA driver with it.
                    Last edited by blackout23; 10-16-2013, 01:35 PM.

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