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Yes, Catalyst 8.10 Is Out There

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Published on 16 October 2008 07:37 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD
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Yesterday we reported on Canonical shipping an unreleased ATI Catalyst driver with the forthcoming release of Ubuntu 8.10. This driver labeled fglrx 8.54.3 adds support for X Server 1.5 / X.Org 7.4 and the Linux 2.6.27 kernel. Later in the day then, AMD did go ahead and release Catalyst 8.10. However, this isn't the same driver as what's found in Ubuntu.

To all of the e-mails and forum posts we've come across in the past day, no, this public driver doesn't support X Server 1.5. Non-Ubuntu users will either need to wait for Catalyst 8.11 next month or install Catalyst 8.10 but then extract the fglrx 8.54.3 Ubuntu package and copy over the binary driver components.

In fact, the official release of Catalyst 8.10 doesn't have a whole lot worth talking about. It does have UVD Linux support enabled to accelerate video playback via the XvMC extension and their own HD video interface. However, all attempts at using XvMC with mplayer have failed thus far and AMD has been mum on how to actually use this feature. This looks like another feature we'll need to wait until Catalyst 8.11 to find out more.

It's been over 24 hours since the Catalyst 8.10 driver for Linux first hit the web and there are still no release notes. On the release notes page at the time of publishing is just "At time of posting this document was not yet ready. This file will be posted once it becomes available." The ATI Linux RSS driver feed mentions "Driver version: 8.542 NEW FEATURES: (1) AMDTM CAL: Computer Abstraction Layer runtime and libraries support. (2) Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.7 ISSUES RESOLVED: (1) X startup failure on Radeon X1xxx and later AGP cards. (2) Xserver crash after logging out multiple times. (3) Bad Xv video playback performance on AGP cards. (4) Artifacts left on the screen when quickly moving an Xv video window."

There is already quite a bit of feedback on the Catalyst 8.10 Linux driver and Ubuntu's special driver in the Phoronix Forums in a number of different threads.

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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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