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I'm in Germany and if I go to amd.com, I am redirected to "http://www.amd.com/de/Pages/AMDHomePage.aspx". If I fill out the driver download forms on the right side, I am redirected to "http://support.amd.com/de/gpudownload/linux/Pages/radeon_linux.aspx?type=2.4.1&product=220.127.116.11.36&la ng=English". This German download page still delivers 10.4.
In order to get 10.05 I have to change the "de" in the URL to "us": "http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/linux/Pages/radeon_linux.aspx?type=2.4.1&product=18.104.22.168.36&la ng=English".
10.5 was such an improvement, that I actually put my ATI 5870 back into my machine. Sure, there are still quite a few visible bugs (like when Boxee starts) - but at least all my Wine games appear to run now.
Before, I would have said the driver was unusuable. Now, it's just in the "needs work" category.
I take it all back. Their drivers are still unusable.
It looks like either they're not properly controlling the fan speed, or have some other issues. After a few rounds of CS:S, the desktop locked up hard. I power cycled, and was able to recreate the lockup multiple times... each time it occurred alarmingly faster.
Then, rebooting into Windows allowed me to play indefinitely without lockups.
Something's still amiss in this driver. Swapped the 5870 back out for my old 9800GTX+, which works without lockups all the time.
I'm very disappointed. I came here expecting to find the usual high-intensity bashing that accompanies every new FGLRX, and all I see is some lukewarm jabs about features that don't apply to the wide population, anyway.
Come on guys...where's the venom? Do we have to get Gordboy back on to give lessons? This is FGLRX after all. Let's try harder.
I know you're being sarcastic. ;-) I stubbornly stick with the proprietary ATI Radeon drivers because they're so easy to install and update, especially since I upgraded to a 5750. Must add that I don't play games in Linux, but I'm very satisfied with the compositing goodies that I can now take advantage of. YMMV.