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Five Years With The Modern AMD Catalyst Linux Driver

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Published on 05 September 2012 09:23 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD
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Today marks five years since the revolutionary AMD Catalyst Linux graphics driver was announced to the world by Phoronix. While the driver still had a lot of work ahead, it was September 2007 that brought the brand new Catalyst Linux driver that shared more code with the Catalyst Windows driver and ushered in a new era for AMD with providing same-day Linux driver support, performance improvements, and new functionality to match the Windows driver.

On 5 September 2007 is when AMD let me exclusively deliver news to the world on Phoronix of the new Catalyst Linux driver. (The driver wasn't publicly released that day, but5 September was the day given to myself and Phoronix for no longer being under embargo for breaking the news to the Linux world.)

For nostalgia, those breaking articles were AMD 8.41 Display Driver Preview, ATI R300/400 Linux Performance, ATI Radeon HD 2900XT On Linux, and Shuttleworth On ATI's New Drivers.

The "fglrx 8.41" release stream is what brought the new code into the Catalyst Linux graphics driver for public consumption. With this release the performance was much-improved over older Linux driver releases, finally introduced R600 series support, and brought many new features (eventually CrossFire and other technologies made its way to Linux). It also wasn't until this new code-base that AIGLX support was added. The Catalyst Linux driver still faces its share of criticism these days, but the changes introduced in September 2007 set the stage for a much better driver compared to going back further.

Five Years With The Modern AMD Catalyst Linux Driver

As I said back then, Oktoberfest has come for ATI Linux. It was one day later on 6 September 2007 that I was then publicly allowed to share with the world the details of AMD's open-source strategy, but there will be a separate Phoronix article in the morning to provide a recap.

Official celebrations for the Linux driver milestones will happen later this month at XDC2012 N├╝rnberg.

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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