AMD Catalyst 9.12 For Linux Released
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 17 December 2009 at 01:28 PM EST. 105 Comments
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AMD has today delivered their last proprietary Linux driver update for the year, Catalyst 9.12. However, if you were hoping Catalyst 9.12 would deliver on some of your holiday wishes, guess again. There still is no pure, usable XvBA support besides using the VA-API to XvBA wrapper and the Catalyst 9.12 driver just doesn't bring much. There is though one small addition and that is a few options have been added to the AMD Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition.

Now supported by AMDCCCLE in Catalyst 9.12 for Linux is an HDTV configuration and size/position pages, new TV settings (flicker removal and S-Video/Composite sharpness), new scaling options page for component video, and quick configuration support for display projectors. All of this is now exposed through its Qt GUI, which has also been updated against the latest Qt libraries.

Aside from some Catalyst Control Center improvements, there is better OpenGL 3.x support and the newly supported Linux distributions include Red Flag 6.0 SP3 and SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop / SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3. There are also a couple of bug-fixes within this release too. Catalyst 9.12 for Linux will hopefully allow Unigine Heaven to be publicly released for Linux with its OpenGL 3.2 renderer and hardware tessellation support in the near future.

Click here for the official Catalyst 9.12 change-log with the Linux x86/x86_64 driver download link.
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