Trying The New AMD GPU-PRO Linux Driver On Ubuntu With Vulkan, OpenCL & OpenGL
Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 19 March 2016. Page 2 of 2. 56 Comments

Similar to the VDPAU (Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix) support offered by RadeonSI Gallium3D with the VDPAU state tracker, there is native VDPAU support too with this driver stack. No more messing around with AMD's poor Linux video acceleration attempt with XvBA.

And what many Radeon Linux customers have been waiting weeks to see... Vulkan 1.0 support! It's there and working!

The AMD-GPU PRO stack works with The Talos Principle on Steam when switching to the Vulkan renderer, but the very simple "vkcube" Vulkan demo was seg faulting right away...

Well, that's all the basic information on this new Radeon Software AMD GPU-PRO Linux beta release. I'm working on some benchmarks for publishing in the next day or two; while AMD makes it clear they haven't done any OpenGL optimizations yet on this new stack, will run some tests there for reference purposes and with having a surplus of OpenGL benchmarks. Stay tuned for more information soon and join in on the conversation about the new driver stack via this lengthy forum thread.

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