AMD Catalyst Linux 12.6 Beta Has Arrived
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 1 June 2012 at 10:55 AM EDT. 46 Comments
While AMD is changing their Catalyst driver program and there wasn't any Catalyst 12.5 release, there is a public beta of Catalyst 12.6 for Linux.

As Phoronix readers have been discussing for hours already, there's the Catalyst 12.6 driver that can be found at

AMD didn't publicly release a Catalyst 12.6 Beta Linux change-log, but here's some of what you can expect:

- Pre-HD5000 series support removed -- no more HD 2000/3000/4000 series support.
- Application Profile support.
- Fix for flickering of OpenGL applications when using KWin direct rendering.
- Fix for random crashes with GNOME Shell.
- WebGL fixes for Chromium web-browser.
- Fix for screen corruption with GNOME Shell after enabling anti-aliasing.
- A fix for an OpenGL performance regression.
- Better Ubuntu 12.04 support.
- Linux 3.3 kernel support.
- X.Org Server 1.12 support.
- GNOME3 AMDCCCLE support.
- Experimental support for ShadowPrimary.

Plus other Catalyst 12.6 Linux feedback is already being shared in this forum thread.

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