Radeon Software 18.20 Preview Offers Early Support For Ubuntu 18.04 LTS & RHEL 7.5

Written by Michael Larabel in Radeon on 4 May 2018 at 11:55 AM EDT. 57 Comments
Just days ago AMD rolled out the Radeon Software 18.10 Linux driver that brought support for Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS but hadn't supported the newly-released Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver", but that has now changed.

AMD has now issued a public preview release driver for the Radeon Software 18.20 series. The notable changes -- well, in fact, the only mentioned changes -- for this early preview release in the 18.20 series is initial support for Ubuntu 18.04 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5.

Besides supporting these very latest enterprise/LTS Linux distributions, there aren't any other changes noted. But with this being a new release stream over 18.10, there's the possibility of other internal changes not outlined by these public release notes.

The Radeon Software 18.20 Preview driver offers both the "All-Open" and "PRO" (formerly known as AMDGPU-PRO) components.

This experimental Radeon Linux graphics driver stack can be found at support.amd.com. It looks like some 18.20 driver tests are further work added to my weekend agenda.
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