1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

AMD Catalyst 10.7 For Linux Has Eyefinity Support

AMD

Published on 26 July 2010 01:26 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD
42 Comments

As was widely anticipated, today AMD is rolling out their Catalyst 10.7 graphics driver for Windows and Linux platforms. On the Windows side, their Catalyst 10.7 rolls out support for OpenGL ES 2.0. ATI Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000/5000 series graphics cards (along with the FirePro hardware) running Windows can now take advantage of OpenGL ES 2.0 support with HTML5 for in-browser graphics rendering. However, that support hasn't yet made its way to the Catalyst Linux driver, but there are other changes packed away in this month's update.

First and foremost, the Catalyst 10.7 Linux driver finally rolls out official support for Eyefinity on consumer-grade Radeon HD 5000 series hardware. Eyefinity is AMD's technology introduced with the ATI Radeon HD 5000 "Evergreen" graphics cards for driving three or more displays simultaneously from a single graphics card. Back when it was publicly displayed last September, 24 monitors were being driven via Eyefinity and that was running under Linux and demoed by Matthew Tippett. Finally, with the Catalyst 10.7 driver, this technology is officially supported on Linux.

The Catalyst 10.7 also carries "production support" for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (even though going back to Catalyst 10.4 has worked with the Lucid Lynx release) and "early look support" for openSUSE 11.3. There are also a handful of resolved issues with the Catalyst 10.7 Linux driver, which are listed below.

- Applying display rotation using Catalyst Control Center or XRandR no longer causes display to turn blank with mouse cursor
- Disabling the primary display in clone/dual-head mode no longer causes Catalyst Control Center not to launch after X restart
- CrossFire can now be enabled properly on the first Gemimi card under a 2 Gemini multi-adapter configuration
- Xserver no longer fails when applying "Maintain Aspect Ratio" option from GPU scaling at maximum resolution
- [SUSE] Desktop corruption no longer visible after applying rotation using Catalyst Control Center and restarting X
- Enabling a second ASIC without a monitor connected no longer causes black screen and X window not launching when startx is executed
- [Ubuntu 10.04] X segmentation fault no longer occur at startup on multi-ASIC systems
- Catalyst Control Center: Gamma control changes no longer affect the wrong display in clone mode
- Switching to clone mode by pressing Fn+F4 now functions properly after connecting

That's about it for the Catalyst 10.7 Linux release. While not officially announced, Catalyst 10.7 may also work better with newer kernel and X.Org Server releases too. It's unknown right now whether AMD will be adding OpenGL ES 2.0 support to their Linux driver -- chances are they will, but like the time it took Eyefinity to be certified on Linux, it could be a number of months till it emerges. At least those with the open-source ATI Gallium3D drivers will be able to have OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 support using the OpenGL ES state tracker.

The Catalyst 10.7 Linux x86/x86_64 driver can be downloaded at AMD.com.

About The Author
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 .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. ASRock X99 Extreme3 Is An Affordable Choice For Linux Users
  2. A Walkthrough Of The New 32 System Open-Source Linux Benchmarking Test Farm
  3. Habey MITX-6771: Mini-ITX Board With Quad-Core J1900 Bay Trail
  4. OCZ Vector 150 SSD On Linux
Latest Linux Articles
  1. 17-Way Linux Graphics Card Comparison With Civilization Beyond Earth
  2. AMD Kaveri: Open-Source Radeon Gallium3D vs. Catalyst 14.12 Omega Driver
  3. 12-Way AMD Catalyst 14.12 vs. NVIDIA 346 Series Linux GPU Comparison
  4. AMD Catalyst 14.12 Omega Driver Brings Mixed Results For Linux Users
Latest Linux News
  1. Live Patching Support Planned For Linux 3.20/4.0 Kernel
  2. Features Of The Linux 3.19 Kernel: Graphics & Disks Rule
  3. Orange Pi Is The Latest Raspberry Pi Inspired ARM Board
  4. An Open-Source Hardware Ambient Light Sensor Is Brought Up
  5. Heterogeneous Memory Management Is Coming Along For The Linux Kernel
  6. NTP Is The Latest Project Struck By Security Issues
  7. LDC 0.15.1 Released For A D Compiler In LLVM
  8. Fedora Doesn't Yet Enable F2FS File-System Support
  9. XZ 5.2 Adds New Multi-Threaded Options
  10. Intel 2.99.917 X.Org Driver Released, 3.0 Release Finally Near
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Looking for an nVidia GPU, but not sure how well they are supported.
  2. No OpenCL with latest driver updates on Ubuntu?
  3. Need some hand holding with upgrading xserver
  4. Maker3D - create your 3D RPG
  5. FPS capped on Linux (AMD fglrx drivers)
  6. Speeding up systemd networking service
  7. Major Performance Breakthrough Discovered For Intel's Mesa Driver
  8. Are there an app using HSA ?