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    Phoronix: AMD Catalyst 13.12 GPU Driver For Linux Released

    Nearly one month after the last Catalyst 13.11 beta release, the Catalyst 13.12 Linux driver has finally surfaced. For ending out the year we have this last major AMD Catalyst Linux update with no new features but there are many bug-fixes...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTU0NzI

  • #2
    So... where is the driver? Unless I'm just blind, I don't see a link for it

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    • #3
      On AMD site I see only 13.11 beta available to download.

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      • #4
        AMD does this every driver release.

        We'll get some kind of announcement, then their site takes like a month to actually have a link to the download.
        If we're lucky someone in some random forum/website will find a link somewhere else ...

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        • #5
          "[385704]: Black window when run glxgears with TWM"
          Great

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          • #6
            Overall if I counted well 21 defects were fixed and 19 new ones were raised on "Unofficial AMD Bugzilla". Based on the statistic they need to work very hard to clear the backlog. Furthermore I did not see any new feature update.
            Does anybody know
            Why is the unofficial AMD Bugzilla commented by AMD?
            From where are the AMD defect numbers coming?
            They need to be more communicative.

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            • #7
              Managed to get the link: http://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/am...x86.x86_64.zip

              You'll need a download manager (couldn't get wget to work), or referral spoofer. Here's a quick guide I wrote up for a spoofer on Chrome.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by leonmaxx View Post
                On AMD site I see only 13.11 beta available to download.
                Code:
                wget --referer='http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/desktop?os=Linux+x86' http://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/amd-catalyst-13.12-linux-x86.x86_64.zip

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                • #9
                  I got this error in make.log on Xubuntu 13.10 with these drivers:

                  Code:
                  DKMS make.log for fglrx-13.251 for kernel 3.11.0-14-generic (x86_64)
                  Thu Dec 19 03:06:45 EST 2013
                  AMD kernel module generator version 2.1
                  doing Makefile based build for kernel 2.6.x and higher
                  rm -rf *.c *.h *.o *.ko *.a .??* *.symvers
                  make -C /lib/modules/3.11.0-14-generic/build SUBDIRS=/var/lib/dkms/fglrx/13.251/build/2.6.x modules
                  make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.11.0-14-generic'
                    CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/fglrx/13.251/build/2.6.x/firegl_public.o
                    CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/fglrx/13.251/build/2.6.x/kcl_acpi.o
                  /var/lib/dkms/fglrx/13.251/build/2.6.x/kcl_acpi.c: In function ‘KCL_ACPI_ParseTable’:
                  /var/lib/dkms/fglrx/13.251/build/2.6.x/kcl_acpi.c:999:5: warning: passing argument 1 of ‘(acpi_status (*)(u32,  void *, void *))handler’ makes integer from pointer without a cast [enabled by default]
                       ((acpi_table_handler)handler)(hdr);
                       ^
                  /var/lib/dkms/fglrx/13.251/build/2.6.x/kcl_acpi.c:999:5: note: expected ‘u32’ but argument is of type ‘struct acpi_table_header *’
                  /var/lib/dkms/fglrx/13.251/build/2.6.x/kcl_acpi.c:999:5: error: too few arguments to function ‘(acpi_status (*)(u32,  void *, void *))handler’
                  make[2]: *** [/var/lib/dkms/fglrx/13.251/build/2.6.x/kcl_acpi.o] Error 1
                  make[1]: *** [_module_/var/lib/dkms/fglrx/13.251/build/2.6.x] Error 2
                  make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.11.0-14-generic'
                  make: *** [kmod_build] Error 2
                  build failed with return value 2
                  13.11 9.4 beta drivers seem to be fine though

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                  • #10
                    Are the Dota2 fixes new in this version, or just the same Source fixes done in the latest beta?

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                    • #11
                      Actually there is a big change in comparison to beta driver. Latest beta driver had (13.11 Beta V9.4):
                      Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.12)
                      and 13.12 driver has:
                      Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.11)

                      Source:
                      http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-arti...ta-Driver.aspx
                      http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-arti...easeNotes.aspx

                      Haven't tried it yet on 3.12 kernel and I think I will stay on 13.11 Beta V9.4 driver this time.

                      (my first post! I just registered to post this, but I was lurking here for a while. )

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                      • #12
                        There is a big change in system requirements:
                        13.11 Beta V9.4 - Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.12)
                        13.12 - Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.11)

                        Sources:
                        http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-arti...ta-Driver.aspx
                        http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-arti...easeNotes.aspx

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                        • #13
                          Well, the "regression" in kernel version support is not that bad....after all, Valve discovered some audio problems with more recent kernels....

                          ...and yes, before add new features, it's better that AMD solves many of the notorious bug in Catalyst, so, i like their approach.

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                          • #14
                            The rate at which the bugs are solved is however too slow. Out of curiosity I went through all release notes (from AMD site or from planet3dnow) of this year and counted the resolved bugs and added features. See:
                            http://pastebin.com/hinyhVK1

                            They had 10 driver releases including beta and resolved 148 issues according to release notes. But then you have to throw out the duplicates, because they SOMETIMES seem to announce fixes multiple times: first for the multiple betas and again in the stable release.

                            So the REAL count is thus reduced to 116, that makes solving 1 bug or 1 feature (like kernel or x-server version) every 3 days... is that much? I am not a developer at all, but to me it seems, that there is only 1 guy left for bugfixing the linux-catalyst.
                            For my HD 7950 the bugs drove me (some months ago) to the radeon oss driver. That is also buggy and even less feature complete, but not so bad that it would me get back to catalyst...

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                            • #15
                              same issue on Ubuntu 12.04.3 with 3.11 kernel but on 3.8 work well

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