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AMD Catalyst 12.2 For Linux Brings Few Changes

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Published on 07 March 2012 04:40 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD
26 Comments

AMD has released their belated Catalyst 12.2 Linux driver today. Unfortunately, it's not too exciting of a release.

Their download page is still reflecting Catalyst 12.1 from January, but there's already many Phoronix readers discussing the 12.2 release.

AMD still also doesn't publish the Linux release notes on the driver, but the changes that come to mind due to my encounters with the non-public development Catalyst drivers is that the 12.2 release stream isn't too exciting. There's various packaging script updates for different Linux distributions (as found on Phorogit), Radeon HD 7000 series support improvements, and a few bug-fixes. One bug-fix that is of interest to several Phoronix readers is one concerning X-Video playback.

What's not found in the Catalyst 12.2 driver is X.Org Server 1.12 support. There's also still not proper Radeon HD 7000 series "Southern Islands" support across the released hardware. Even for the Radeon HD 7950 that I'm testing under Linux and has been available for a while already, currently with the fglrx 8.95 release stream, it's still advertised as "unsupported hardware" via the pesky AMD watermark.

Those interested in downloading the Catalyst 12.2 Linux x86/x86_64 driver can find the download link from this Phoronix reader post.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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