1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

AMD Has No Plans To Suspend Catalyst For Linux

AMD

Published on 19 June 2012 07:27 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD
37 Comments

Since AMD's decision to discontinue HD 2000/3000/4000 series support from the Catalyst driver plus other changes that upset some hardware owners, there's been some rumors that AMD may be discontinuing development of the Catalyst Linux driver and focus solely upon the open-source AMD Linux driver.

This rumor of AMD discontinuing the Catalyst Linux driver is inaccurate. AMD says they're committed to this binary blob for Linux.

The support for ATI Radeon X1000 (R500) through Radeon HD 4000 series (R700) now lives in an AMD Catalyst legacy branch that may see updates once in a while.

To clear up the rumors, Jammy Zhou of AMD said, "We will definitely continue the fglrx development, which is becoming more and more important for AMD."

The open-source AMD Linux driver has made a lot of progress in the last half-decade, but it's still trying to make OpenGL parity, doesn't yet support some features like CrossFire or advanced anti-aliasing modes, heck it doesn't even utilize PCI Express 2.0 by default and the performance is generally years behind Catalyst. The open-source support for the half-year-old AMD Radeon HD 7000 "Southern Islands" graphics cards is also basically non-functional for Linux desktop users at this point.

This AMD Linux driver news comes less than one month after AMD admitted it has Linux problems, which it's now working to address, particularly when it comes to OpenCL support on Linux for Radeon, Fusion, and FirePro hardware.

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 .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Rosewill RS-MI-01: An Ultra Low-Cost Mini-ITX Chassis
  2. D-Link DCS-2330L HD Wireless Network Camera
  3. Gigabyte AM1M-S2H
  4. AMD's New Athlon/Semprons Give Old Phenom CPUs A Big Run For The Money
Latest Linux Articles
  1. The Performance Of Fedora 20 Updated
  2. Clang Fights GCC On AMD's Athlon AM1 APU With Jaguar Cores
  3. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. Oracle Linux vs. CentOS vs. openSUSE
  4. How Much Video RAM Is Needed For Catalyst R3 Graphics?
Latest Linux News
  1. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 Is Looking Fantastic
  2. Intel Is Launching An Interesting Bay Trail NUC Next Week
  3. Another X.Org EVoC Proposed For OpenGL 4+ Tests
  4. The Best Features Coming With Qt 5.3
  5. Red Hat's RHEL7 RC ISO Is Now Publicly Available
  6. Nuclear Dawn Seems To Run Fine On AMD Linux
  7. KDE 4.14 Release Schedule Published
  8. GCC 4.9.0 Released, Brings Many Compiler Features
  9. OpenSSL Forked By OpenBSD Into LibreSSL
  10. GNOME Has Big Plans For Its Maps Application
  11. NVIDIA Will Soon Probably Introduce OpenCL 1.2 Linux Support
  12. Google Is Financing A Lot Of Great Open-Source Work This Summer
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. New card. Open source drivers only.
  2. Linux Kernel Developers Fed Up With Ridiculous Bugs In Systemd
  3. The Most Amazing OpenGL Tech Demo In 64kb
  4. Script for Fan Speed Control
  5. Torvalds Is Unconvinced By LTO'ing A Linux Kernel
  6. ReactOS Working On A Community Windows OS
  7. Suggestions about how to make a Radeon HD 7790 work decently?
  8. The GNOME Foundation Is Running Short On Money