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  • AMD Releases Catalyst 14.1 Beta Linux Graphics Driver

    Phoronix: AMD Releases Catalyst 14.1 Beta Linux Graphics Driver

    The first major Linux Catalyst 2014 release is now available...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTU4OTk

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    Thank you, Michael. I still hope AMD puts its Linux efforts solely behind the open source driver eventually, especially for all those people out there with cards that Catalyst no longer supports.

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    • #3
      I always thought that the minor version is for the month of the year this proves that it's for the release number within the year.

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      • #4
        It's actually Year.Month.
        I'm surprised by the Xorg 1.15 support. That was very quick compared to past experience.

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        • #5
          Well, that sounds good.
          Now waiting until it hits Arch.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by entropy View Post
            Well, that sounds good.
            Now waiting until it hits Arch.
            if i remember correctly its(fglrx) it has been removed from arch official repos long time ago, since the slow xserver support.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by entropy View Post
              Well, that sounds good.
              Now waiting until it hits Arch.
              There's an unofficial Catalyst repo maintained by VI0l0 , links on the Arch Wiki entry for Catalyst.

              14.1 isn't up there yet, but you can easily modify one of the AUR PKGBUILDs for Catalyst to use this new version if you're not interested in waiting for the PKGBUILD to be updated by the maintainer.

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              • #8
                Any change in horrible Source-engine performance (on Trinity/Richland)? Dota 2? L4D2?

                I think I'll stick with the open source drivers until I need to play another OpenGL 4 game.

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                • #9
                  Driver runs excellent here. HD 6870, Kubuntu 13.10, Linux 3.13.

                  Great job, AMD!

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                  • #10
                    I also didn't notice any problems on Ubuntu 14.04 x64 + AMD A10-7850K (2400MHz RAM).

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                    • #11
                      Excellent, finally we have Ubuntu 13.10 production support. The last set of drivers were horribly unstable on my HD 6870, I had to switch to the open source mesa 10.1 pack.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by FutureSuture View Post
                        Thank you, Michael. I still hope AMD puts its Linux efforts solely behind the open source driver eventually, especially for all those people out there with cards that Catalyst no longer supports.
                        I hope so too. I really don't see a need for AMD Catalyst as I'm getting good performance (between 30 to 60 FPS) when I play Portal at 1920x1080 with high settings with 16x AF and no AA. Sometimes it drops down to 20s during The Great Escape. This is with my AMD A10-5700.

                        I wouldn't count on playing Portal 2, since my 5700 is not powerful enough, even if Portal won't be released until later this year (ah, I better hurry since my 5-minute timer is about to expire).
                        Last edited by GraysonPeddie; 02-02-2014, 08:42 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Bare in mind people, that these drivers aren't just about the little people, but businesses that need the WHQL-styled drivers. That's what this particular version is. And it looks to be a good one, too. All the check boxes are ticked (Kaveri, 3.13 kernel, X.Org 1.15 et c, et c) for a good performing, power-efficient yet stable driver set. Hopefully there's a little bit of smooth sailing for AMD/Linux for a while.

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                          • #14
                            It is nice to see piglit mentioned a few times amongst the corrected bugs.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by enfocomp View Post
                              Excellent, finally we have Ubuntu 13.10 production support. The last set of drivers were horribly unstable on my HD 6870, I had to switch to the open source mesa 10.1 pack.
                              Ubuntu 13.10 + AMD Catalyst requires doing "sudo aticonfig --initial" + reboot, or it will be unstable (Chrome/KDE crashing down the Xserver etc.). This doesn't happen with other distributions like Debian with the same Xserver version though.

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