AMD has released the Catalyst 14.9 Linux graphics driver today with some modest changes but it's not the really big driver update we're waiting for.
Earlier this year I delivered the exclusive news how AMD was looking at a new Linux driver strategy for Catalyst that involved leveraging the open-source Radeon DRM kernel driver. The strategy at the time effectively meant just making Catalyst a user-space blob and riding off the open-source Radeon kernel driver to share more common code and hopefully lead to a better experience. It looks like this driver strategy is moving forward.
AMD is soliciting feedback on the Catalyst driver.
Yesterday I wrote about an upcoming Catalyst Linux driver offering VCE and HSA support while today are more details on this forthcoming update.
AMD's Alex Deucher sent in another Radeon drm-next patch series this week with some more last-minute tweaks for the Linux kernel's next merge window.
AMD's trying hard to make HSA of benefit to Linux users in 2014 and they're making lots of inroads. Helping AMD along the way with the Linux raising of Heterogeneous System Architecture is SUSE.
While AMD just released its first OpenCL 2.0 Linux driver, which is marked fglrx 14.41, the next driver that's currently in testing is fglrx 14.50... This should be more interesting.
A new AMD Catalyst Linux graphics driver has been released today that finally delivers OpenCL 2.0 to Catalyst.
Marek Olšák has published another big set of fixes/improvements to the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.
Another Radeon DRM driver update pull request has been submitted to drm-next for merging in the Linux 3.18 kernel.
Those dependent upon AMD's proprietary Linux graphics driver have a new Catalyst update to play with today.
Well known open-source Radeon driver developer Marek Olšák has landed a number of commits today inside mainline Mesa Git for improving the state of HyperZ for AMD hardware, a feature that remains disabled by default for the open-source Radeon Linux driver due to stability and artifact issues.
Yesterday I wrote about Ubuntu 14.10 not yet having X.Org Server 1.16 even though the first beta was issued this week and there's been a testing package repository for more than one month. This lack of X.Org Server 1.16 thus far is apparently due to AMD with not yet having a supportive Catalyst driver.
A German web-site is hosting a yet to be officially released Catalyst Linux driver.
With the DRM merge window for drm-next now closing earlier going forward than in past kernel releases, another Radeon DRM-Next pull request was already submitted for Linux 3.18.
Back in July AMD published an open-source HSA kernel driver for Linux and since then they've put out more HSA Linux code so open-source Linux users can finally realize the benefits of AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture on Kaveri APUs. By the end of 2014 it looks like it will finally be ready for Linux end-users.
AMD has finally managed to publish open-source Unified Video Decoder (UVD) support for the original R600 graphics processors.
While it was originally set for Linux 3.17, with the Linux 3.18 kernel that's still months away will be userptr support for the AMD Radeon graphics driver.
AMD's proprietary Catalyst Linux driver installer is interestingly being prepared for an environment without an X.Org Server.
Not to be confused with the Radeon R7 graphics cards, AMD today officially announced the Radeon R7 SSD line-up.
To no great surprise, AMD is cooperating with The Khronos Group to allow them to incorporate portions of their Mantle graphics API into the next-generation Khronos graphics API.
At the end of last week AMD quietly released the Catalyst 14.8 binary driver for Linux that went unnoticed until now.
Following yesterday's RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst comparison using the new AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU with Radeon R7 Graphics, I then upgraded to the latest Git code for the Linux 3.17 kernel to look for performance changes.
Assuming the necessary support requirements are in place, the xf86-video-ati driver is finally enabling hardware acceleration by default for the AMD Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards.
In continuing of yesterday's tests of comparing the OpenGL performance of the latest Radeon Gallium3D and Catalyst drivers with an array of AMD Radeon HD/Rx graphics cards, here's some complementary data including the performance-per-Watt and overall system power consumption for a few of the different AMD GPUs of recent generations.
The Radeon DRM driver changes have been published for queuing into drm-next before hitting the mainline Linux 3.17 kernel tree.
AMD's "R600" LLVM back-end is likely to be renamed for LLVM 3.6.
AMD this morning has officially announced the A10-7800, the 65 Watt version of their "Kaveri" APU that's a follow-up launch to the A10-7850K that launched earlier in the year.
For those excited about the recent working Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" Gallium3D support, a number of bug-fixes were committed in recent hours to Mesa for bettering the support for those wishing to use this open-source AMD Linux driver for their ultra high-end graphics hardware.
In continuation of the Phoronix article from a few days ago about the open-source AMD Linux driver should finally be working for R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics cards, it is indeed the case but it's not without some setup challenges and potential bugs.
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