Catalyst 15.9 Is Imminent With Many Steam Linux Game Fixes

Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 15 September 2015 at 04:06 PM EDT. 34 Comments
A long overdue Catalyst Linux update should be out soon, in fact, potentially before the day is through.

At the moment the Catalyst 15.7 Linux driver is the latest on the site, more than two months old back from 8 July. However, Catalyst 15.9 for Linux appears to be in the process of being readied for release. The believed reported fixes include:
Driver installation sometimes fails on Ubuntu 14.04.3
Company of Heroes 2 - Game crashes while running the performance test
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Corruption observed in game
DIRT Showdown - Corruption observed in game
DIRT Showdown - Game crashes after the loading screen
DOTA 2 – Application hang observed while exiting the game
AMD Catalyst Installer removing EGL links resulting in Xserver/Xorg load failure
Unable to switch desktop mode after installing AMD Catalyst driver
Renaming Counter-Strike: GO and other Steam game binary improves performance
It's great to see DiRT Showdown, Dota 2, Company of Heroes 2, Shadow or Mordor, and other Steam Linux game fixes! These recent Steam Linux games have been plagued by apparent problems. They're also finally acknowledging the binary renaming trick for getting better performance out of select games.

Aside from these official changes, hopefully there's also other changes like support for newer versions of the Linux kernel, etc. Stay tuned for more details once the next Catalyst Linux driver release is official.
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