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  • AMD Releases A New Catalyst 14.6 Beta For Linux

    Phoronix: AMD Releases A New Catalyst 14.6 Beta For Linux

    Those dependent upon AMD's Linux binary blob can rejoice that today there's an updated driver available after a rather quiet June for Catalyst Linux development...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTc0MTk

  • #2
    Do you even care to research, what is really new? The "new" things you describe are from last month, when the 14.6 beta driver was released.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ChemicalBrother View Post
      Do you even care to research, what is really new? The "new" things you describe are from last month, when the 14.6 beta driver was released.
      This forum is good at finding new treats like those.

      Giving complete changelog for beta software is common practice for all GPU vendors. (Mesa is only exception. It do not have any betas :P)
      Blame vendor, not messanger.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ChemicalBrother View Post
        Do you even care to research, what is really new? The "new" things you describe are from last month, when the 14.6 beta driver was released.
        It is actually a new version of 14.6 beta, dated only 3 years ago, probably just released. Care to do some research...

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        • #5
          Still no Wayland support.
          Probably buggy and slow as usual and what you come to expect from Catalyst.

          AMD should just abandon the Linux Catalyst driver and put all their efforts behind the open source drivers instead.

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          • #6
            This was released last month right?

            Also why would they stop supporting the binary blob version when it is better then the open source version. They obviously have some code they think is some how special. It must be special considering it is better then the Open version. Maybe you should contribute to them.

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            • #7
              they planned release 14.7 but because it doesn't pass quality tests. http://devgurus.amd.com/message/1304834#1304834 IMHO this is not that better driver.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                Still no Wayland support.
                Probably buggy and slow as usual and what you come to expect from Catalyst.

                AMD should just abandon the Linux Catalyst driver and put all their efforts behind the open source drivers instead.
                Sadly AMD still have customers who require Catalyst:

                1) Compute/Render-like power houses. They wont use Radeon without feature & performance parity with Catalyst.

                2) Game Devs. They wont use Radeon without feature & performance parity with Catalyst, and same ease of updates.

                Radeon partly fulfill second group needs (on per game basis is yes or no, but it seam that game devs go to AMD, and AMD direct them to Catalyst driver team...)

                Good news is that game devs start to see that Radeon is better quality, better support (just IRC, no middle mans, though they are sometimes usefull), and sometimes its only option. Period.

                First group wont move. Period.

                So You basically say that AMD should SHRINK they market.


                Even abandoning Catalyst for gaming would mean less performance and thus less sales.

                Workable proposition thus would be constacting everybody who gets AMD driver team reps, with Radeon team too. That would help Radeon team to fullfill needs of 2) and ultimatly of 1).

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by AnonymousCoward View Post
                  they planned release 14.7 but because it doesn't pass quality tests. http://devgurus.amd.com/message/1304834#1304834 IMHO this is not that better driver.
                  No, they're going to release 14.7 drivers without the Opencl FIX there's a 14.7 RC1 Windows driver already without it.

                  AMD doesn't give a shit about Opencl they're not going to delay a driver release just for a ultra low priority bug.

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                  • #10
                    Why does it extract to version 14.20?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by przemoli View Post
                      Sadly AMD still have customers who require Catalyst:

                      1) Compute/Render-like power houses. They wont use Radeon without feature & performance parity with Catalyst.

                      2) Game Devs. They wont use Radeon without feature & performance parity with Catalyst, and same ease of updates.

                      Radeon partly fulfill second group needs (on per game basis is yes or no, but it seam that game devs go to AMD, and AMD direct them to Catalyst driver team...)

                      Good news is that game devs start to see that Radeon is better quality, better support (just IRC, no middle mans, though they are sometimes usefull), and sometimes its only option. Period.

                      First group wont move. Period.

                      So You basically say that AMD should SHRINK they market.


                      Even abandoning Catalyst for gaming would mean less performance and thus less sales.

                      Workable proposition thus would be constacting everybody who gets AMD driver team reps, with Radeon team too. That would help Radeon team to fullfill needs of 2) and ultimatly of 1).
                      They ought to put Catalyst in maintenance-only status, where it only gets bug fixes.
                      Then their customers can keep on using Catalyst while they focus all their resources on the open source driver until it catches up and reaches feature parity and performance parity.

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                      • #12
                        lol

                        Originally posted by AnonymousCoward View Post
                        they planned release 14.7 but because it doesn't pass quality tests. http://devgurus.amd.com/message/1304834#1304834 IMHO this is not that better driver.
                        no one pass, all bad

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                          They ought to put Catalyst in maintenance-only status, where it only gets bug fixes.
                          Then their customers can keep on using Catalyst while they focus all their resources on the open source driver until it catches up and reaches feature parity and performance parity.
                          yeah, and gamers do not buy AMD, and compute heavy companies do not buy AMD.

                          Win, win.


                          ...

                          (Really, we can get better radeon driver without ever killing Catalyst. Lets pressure AMD to treat both equally.)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by przemoli View Post
                            yeah, and gamers do not buy AMD, and compute heavy companies do not buy AMD.

                            Win, win.


                            ...

                            (Really, we can get better radeon driver without ever killing Catalyst. Lets pressure AMD to treat both equally.)
                            Unless you're one of the big clients of AMD I doubt anything will change. They keep Catalyst around just for the OpenCL thing. As it contains secret sauce to their GPGPU lead over nvidia. Now that RadeonSI is slowly making inroads into feature parity with Catalyst on OpenGL things will change to a degree but not until OpenCL is integrated into RadeonSI. That hopefully will accelerate with the HSA work that AMD has been doing lately.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by eydee View Post
                              It is actually a new version of 14.6 beta, dated only 3 years ago, probably just released. Care to do some research...
                              I did my research, you did not. Yes, there is a new beta driver dated 3 days ago, not years. Also the changelog is the one from the 14.6 driver from over a month ago. They did not change anything in this changelog. That's when I ask "what is REALLY new"?

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