AMD Catalyst 14.12 Linux Driver Released -- Huge Update!

Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 9 December 2014 at 08:47 AM EST. 109 Comments
As said last week that a huge new Catalyst Linux driver release would be coming on Tuesday and sure enough it has arrived. Catalyst 14.12 is the biggest AMD proprietary Linux graphics driver update in quite some time.

Today's Catalyst 14.12 for Linux delivers OpenCL 2.0 support, VA-API video decoding with H.264/VC-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4 format support, and distribution-specific packages offered at for Ubuntu and Red Hat. There's also many bug fixes, support for modern kernel versions / xorg-server, potential performance improvements, and a range of other work.

Download the Catalyst "Omega" Linux driver at Stay tuned for benchmarks on Phoronix.
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