Ubuntu Has Another Special ATI Catalyst Driver?
Ara Pulido of Ubuntu has called for testing of the ATI and NVIDIA graphics card drivers under Ubuntu 10.04.
Do you have a *nVIDIA* or *ATI* graphics card? Do you want to help ensure users have a smooth experience if they choose to use the proprietary drivers?
We are looking for committed volunteers to test nVIDIA and ATI proprietary drivers on a weekly basis. The goal of this testing is to catch regressions early in the cycle, and fix bugs before they reach a major audience.
If you want to be part of the team you will need:
1. A computer with an ATI (R600 or newer) or nVIDIA (GeForce series 2) graphics card
2. A spare partition on that system * If you don't have a spare partition you can easily create one.
3. One hour of your time per week
4. An Internet connection
If you want to take part in this adventure, please, send me an email (ara AT ubuntu DOT com) with the exact model of your graphics card, and I will get back to you with detailed instructions.
The proprietary NVIDIA driver already supports X Server 1.7.x and the Linux 2.6.32 kernel as found in Ubuntu 10.04. Catalyst 10.1 does support the Linux 2.6.32 kernel, but it's still missing on the X.Org 7.5 compatibility. However, with Ubuntu now looking for people to test out the proprietary ATI driver and emailing Pulido for instructions, it looks like they're getting ready to roll out an unreleased Catalyst driver for Linux. At this point, however, there is no updated fglrx packages found in the Ubuntu Lucid repository.
Ubuntu 10.04 will be officially released in April, but for the time being (or permanently, if you wish) the open-source ATI graphics driver stack has kernel mode-setting and 2D/3D support up through the R700 (Radeon HD 4000 series) graphics cards to provide a pleasant "out of the box" experience.