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AMD Releases Catalyst 9.6 For Linux

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Published on 15 June 2009 02:37 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD
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AMD has pushed out a new Catalyst driver update for Linux users this afternoon. The two new features in this release, as mentioned by their release notes (PDF), is support for new Linux distributions and MultiView support for Radeon hardware.

The distributions now officially supported by the Catalyst 9.6 Linux driver is SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 and early Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8 support. MultiView has previously been available to enterprise users with FireGL workstation graphics cards, but this support has now been extended to the Radeon series. This MultiView consumer support allows Xinerama to be used in configurations up to four GPUs and support for any combination of Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 series products.

Fixed up in Catalyst 9.6 for Linux are a few bugs when it comes to video playback, composite support, Ubuntu 9.04 issues, etc. The latest proprietary ATI Linux driver can be downloaded at AMD.com. Overall this is just another routine monthly update with nothing too exciting and X-Video Bitstream Acceleration continues to be missing.

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