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  • Ubuntu 10.04 Gets A New Catalyst Pre-Release

    Phoronix: Ubuntu 10.04 Gets A New Catalyst Pre-Release

    A month ago the Canonical crew working on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS received an unreleased Catalyst 10.4 driver from AMD for inclusion with the Lucid Lynx since the publicly available ATI Catalyst drivers had not -- and to this day still do not -- support the X.Org Server 1.7 used by this next Ubuntu release. Similar pre-releases for Ubuntu have happened in the past when AMD hasn't been quick to the game in supporting new Linux kernels and X Servers. This driver was made available in Ubuntu 10.04 even before Catalyst 10.3 was released. Catalyst 10.4 still has not been publicly released, but another updated 10.4 driver has made its way into the Lucid repository...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODE0MQ

  • #2
    nice !

    now let's see if this works on more cards without problems & on more additional linux-distributions without segfaulting

    Thanks AMD / devs !

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    • #3
      Is it normal that only U gets the driver and nobody else the installer? My script would support U 10.4 of course too, but only when the installer would be available. Then it would directly work with squeeze or sid too. Of course the (older) driver was packaged later too for em but this is stupid. Just provide the run installer (if you like in a zip, does not matter for me) like the other previews if the driver is not yet released normally. What's the purpose to hide the installer and only release the things that get in the distro package?

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      • #4
        any vaio user tried it yet // hope hope hope hope -- only until the oss works fine ....

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        • #5
          What keeps people from using this driver on other Linux distributions?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kano View Post
            Is it normal that only U gets the driver and nobody else the installer? My script would support U 10.4 of course too, but only when the installer would be available. Then it would directly work with squeeze or sid too. Of course the (older) driver was packaged later too for em but this is stupid. Just provide the run installer (if you like in a zip, does not matter for me) like the other previews if the driver is not yet released normally. What's the purpose to hide the installer and only release the things that get in the distro package?
            Just that it was released only to the people who make a specific distro package. I think the plan is for this driver (or something very close to it) to become the next Catalyst driver release, so that should go out with all of the other bits as well.

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            • #7
              8.723.1-100408a-098580C-ATI

              The driver runs fine for me with Ubuntu Lucid :-)

              Except the known issues, like the horrible 2D performance while Direct2D isn't stable yet.

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              • #8
                I can report SUCCESS on Vaio E-Series HD 5650 mobility. Segfaults no longer.

                Thank you ATI/AMD!

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                • #9
                  Oh good

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                  • #10
                    Any updates with 3D regression since 10.3 ?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by d2kx View Post
                      8.723.1-100408a-098580C-ATI

                      The driver runs fine for me with Ubuntu Lucid :-)

                      Except the known issues, like the horrible 2D performance while Direct2D isn't stable yet.
                      Direct2D? Either Michael didn't report on a (for MS) groundbreaking move or Direct2D is still a MS-only technology.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tares View Post
                        Any updates with 3D regression since 10.3 ?
                        It seems there are several fixes for 3D/OpenGL included. Try if your problems still exist.

                        Originally posted by JeanPaul145 View Post
                        Direct2D? Either Michael didn't report on a (for MS) groundbreaking move or Direct2D is still a MS-only technology.
                        Michael *did* report on that. Direct2D is coming soon with the Catalyst driver as the new 2D acceleration architecture.

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                        • #13
                          It's not Direct2D, btw, it's a different API that shares some core acceleration code. Think of it as "AAA" or something like that.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by d2kx View Post
                            It seems there are several fixes for 3D/OpenGL included. Try if your problems still exist.



                            Michael *did* report on that. Direct2D is coming soon with the Catalyst driver as the new 2D acceleration architecture.
                            I went looking for it and indeed found it. My browser even indicates I've seen that particular article. I guess my only remaining questions are: How is that even possible? Won't MS object to that? And *what* exactly will Direct2D4Linux accelerate?

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                            • #15
                              It's not Direct2D, it's a different API that shares some core acceleration code.

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