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AMD's Catalyst Legacy Linux Driver Updated To 13.1

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Published on 21 January 2013 06:18 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD
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While AMD has went months without updating their Catalyst "Legacy" Linux graphics driver for the Radeon HD 2000 through Radeon HD 4000 series graphics cards to support new X.Org Server / kernel releases and other bug-fixes, they decided today to finally put out an updated legacy driver! This updated AMD Catalyst Linux Legacy driver is tagged as version 13.1.

An official change-log for the legacy version of Catalyst 13.1 has yet to surface, but it looks like this updated legacy driver namely has support for new Linux kernel releases, support for the X.Org Server 1.13.x series, updated distribution packaging scripts, and various bug-fixes.

Being able to run the Catalyst Legacy driver for Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 series hardware on new Linux distribution releases is a big deal since the open-source Radeon Linux driver often comes up short. The Catalyst driver remains superior when it comes to OpenGL compliance, OpenGL performance, power management, video acceleration, and numerous other features like AA/AF modes, CrossFire, PowerXpress, and much more.

It was in April of last year when Phoronix was first to report AMD would be dropping the HD 2000/3000/4000 series support from its mainline Catalyst driver. The last official update to this Linux legacy driver was Catalyst 12.6 from last summer.

This Catalyst 13.1 Legacy update comes just days after AMD released the Catalyst 13.1 driver as the first official update in a while. This mainline driver update featured X.Org Server 1.13.x support, improved performance for certain games (namely Valve's Source Engine titles), and various fixes.

Download links and other details on today's legacy driver update can be found from this forum thread.

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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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