Catalyst Linux Driver Patched By Ubuntu For Linux 4.2 Kernel
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 12 August 2015 at 03:18 PM EDT. 65 Comments
Canonical's Alberto Milone has patched their Catalyst/fglrx driver so that it will now work under the Linux 4.2 kernel on Ubuntu.

The fglrx-installer 2:15.200.1-0ubuntu3 package update patches in a build fix for the Linux 4.2 kernel as well as to ignore a GCC mismatch. This should let the current Catalyst driver now work on Linux 4.2 and GCC 5, as needed by Ubuntu 15.10. This is in continuation of the article earlier today about Linux 4.2 Inching Closer To Landing In Ubuntu 15.10.

It's too bad AMD isn't able to push out Linux driver updates more promptly like NVIDIA in providing support for newer Linux kernel and X.Org Server releases, but at least the community now has patched in support for Linux 4.1 and 4.2 until there's an officially supported Catalyst Linux driver update. At least if AMD's successful in their unified Linux driver strategy, Catalyst will become limited to a user-space binary blob while leveraging the in-kernel AMDGPU DRM driver, thereby being able to easily ride on the latest Linux kernel releases.
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