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    Phoronix: AMD Catalyst 9.10 Linux Driver Released

    Available over at AMD.com is now the Catalyst 9.10 Linux driver update. The release notes for this driver have yet to be uploaded there, but the Catalyst 9.10 Linux driver offers support for arbitrary transformations with RandR 1.3, support for loading the fglrx kernel module when an open-source DRM kernel module is still loaded, a fix for the fglrx kernel module when using DKMS 2.1.0, an AMDCCCLE menu item issue has been resolved, support for the Radeon HD 5750/5770 Juniper graphics cards, and other bug fixes...

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

  • #2
    major advancement?
    YAWN

    I bet it's hardware acceleration that we've all had for months on nvidia.

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    • #3
      support for loading the fglrx kernel module when an open-source DRM kernel module is still loaded
      That's pretty cool.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by SyXbiT View Post
        major advancement?
        YAWN

        I bet it's hardware acceleration that we've all had for months on nvidia.
        If that's the case, then consider me excited.

        It must suck to be so jaded...

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        • #5
          Is this all ready included in ubuntu 9.10? Its hard to find the version of catalyst they use.

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          • #6
            contains a major advancement too, which will be exposed in the near future
            I know what it is. Since AMD won the deal to do the GPU for the XBox 720, they have added support for the GPU now, and Microsoft will allow Linux to run natively on the hardware.

            That was an easy one to guess

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dmbtech View Post
              Is this all ready included in ubuntu 9.10? Its hard to find the version of catalyst they use.
              The version in Ubuntu 9.10 is an earlier version of the code specifically for Ubuntu; the Catalyst 9.10 driver should contain additional changes.

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              • #8
                Is anyone else getting a 'Not Found' error while trying to download the 64-bit driver yet?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by makzu View Post
                  Is anyone else getting a 'Not Found' error while trying to download the 64-bit driver yet?
                  Try the 32-bit link. Unless something's changed, it's the same download for both architectures.

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                  • #10
                    I think the files havn't propogated to the mirror they're using yet... Maybe I'll just try again tomorrow.

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                    • #11
                      ahh another penny for the poor.

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                      • #12
                        also contains a major advancement too, which will be exposed in the near future.
                        The only major advancement I want is a file size reduction from 80+mb to a less promiscuous 20ish mb

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cruiseoveride View Post
                          The only major advancement I want is a file size reduction from 80+mb to a less promiscuous 20ish mb
                          I'd guess the actual driver is smaller still. I mean, can a graphics card driver really be bigger than an entire complex kernel?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Yfrwlf View Post
                            I'd guess the actual driver is smaller still. I mean, can a graphics card driver really be bigger than an entire complex kernel?
                            I think the ATi devs have no idea how to write a Linux driver, so they wrote an entire new kernel and embedded it with the graphics driver.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Yfrwlf View Post
                              I'd guess the actual driver is smaller still. I mean, can a graphics card driver really be bigger than an entire complex kernel?
                              Actually, that's not much of a surprise. They've got to stick a lot of stuff into there - not just handling the hardware itself, but also a full-blown compiler and OpenGL implementation. Now 80MB is fairly ridiculous, but being larger than an OS kernel isn't much of a stretch.

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