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I'd guess the actual driver is smaller still. I mean, can a graphics card driver really be bigger than an entire complex kernel?
Actually, that's not much of a surprise. They've got to stick a lot of stuff into there - not just handling the hardware itself, but also a full-blown compiler and OpenGL implementation. Now 80MB is fairly ridiculous, but being larger than an OS kernel isn't much of a stretch.
the driver package is so big, because they include drivers for elderly X versions and precomiled stuff. You guys would complain, if you had to install gcc or the driver stops working with your distribution from 2008.
Dude, in regards to "Available over at AMD.com is now the Catalyst 9.10 Linux driver update," being somewhat pre-mature, a suggestion. Either include a link that works or rephrase to something like, "due out sometime today..."
Bridgman, (I remembered, no "e.") it has been about seven hours, since AMD/ATI said the file was there. Not very professional.... Take one egg, break, pour over face? ;-)
Next time, liven the link THEN publish it? :-)
Anyways, it will be live sometime soon and indeed "due out sometime today..." which is just in time for the weekend. So thanks for that AMD/ATI guys! :-)
This 5850 is an uber mind piece of hardware & plays CIV-IV, beautifully.