Unreleased ATI Catalyst Driver Appears In Ubuntu
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 17 March 2009 at 10:41 PM EDT. 64 Comments
Last year when Ubuntu 8.10 was released it had shipped with an unpublished ATI Catalyst driver since the proprietary ATI drivers available to the public were not compatible with X Server 1.5, which was used by this Ubuntu release. Now with Ubuntu 9.04 coming around the corner and the ATI Catalyst driver lacking X Server 1.6 support, we have run into a similar situation.

Canonical's Bryce Harrington has pushed a new unreleased ATI Catalyst driver into the Ubuntu 9.04 repository, which is compatible with X Server 1.6. This unreleased version is part of the fglrx 8.60 release stream and is likely based on Catalyst 9.4, which will not be released to the general public until next month.

"AMD delivered their xserver 1.6 enabled fglrx to me today for Jaunty. It built/installed/booted fine, and XSmoke didn't show any glitches. I've packaged it into fglrx-installer and uploaded, Bryce had announced on the Ubuntu-X mailing list. This package can now be found in the Ubuntu Jaunty repository.

This X Server 1.6 supportive driver is not compatible with R300-500 graphics processors, since that support has been dropped beginning with Catalyst 9.3. While this new beta Catalyst driver is out there now, do not be surprised if it happens to "disappear" from the Jaunty repository very soon.

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