AMD Catalyst 9.7 For Linux Released
Phoronix: AMD Catalyst 9.7 For Linux Released
It's a bit late in the month, but AMD has just released the ATI Catalyst 9.7 driver update for Linux. Officially, the only new feature in Catalyst 9.7 is production support for Red Flag DT 7.0, but there are some bug-fixes too...
AMD's asymptotic releases
If AMD keeps this trend, the next Catalyst release will have LESS features than the previous one...and support for Corel Linux.
Been waiting a while for this, I literally just woke up and there it is.
Aside from kernel support, these drivers are getting better each time. The last 3 catalyst releases, have each allowed higher shader graphics settings in wine games without slowdowns. Now RandR is fixed, another bonus.
FRAK another useless release. Still no 2.6.29 support WTF!? .30 has been out for ages. Hopefully the 9.6's introduced video playback lock ups are gone...This is just so fraking frustrating...
And it's going to take at least a year until free drivers have any form of GL2 support (optimistic estimate, yeah been following this scene enough to know). This is just horrible situation...At the moment there're two choices neither works. Just horrible situation we AMD users are forced to live in.
This new driver was supposed to fix all and it's already been over a year and half and something as ordinary as video playback is still SHITE!
You know actually this is not horrible. It was horrible a year ago and now it's just sad. *sigh*
Last edited by blindfrog; 07-23-2009 at 04:44 PM.
Let the bashing begin!
Originally Posted by blindfrog
kernel support docs?
In another thread (yesterday) I was able to get directions about how to recover from a mismatch between kernel versions supported by fglrx 9.6 and the kernel installed. Fine. Thanks to those who replied.
But in looking over the release notes for this (9.7) driver I see the kernel requirements specified at 2.6 or higher. Well that isn't very helpful. If it said between 2.6.0 and 2.6.X where X is the highest kernel version actually supported, wouldn't that be useful?
Also, when I ran the installer, it seems that it would be elementary to check the version number and refuse to install a non-working driver.
Is that too naive? or what? It seems to me that it would be simple and useful to do that.
Which is a very disappointing thing, because Gentoo still requires multilib to install these drivers . And once you go no-multilib, you can't go back .
Originally Posted by TrentZ
I'm happy that AMD is releasing drivers for Linux at all - they help many more ATI/linux users than not - but the continued ambiguity with this is a real bummer.
this version also doesnt seem to like the current 2.6.30 patches from the gentoo bug trackers.
what a dissapointment.
As far as I can see, it will only need some minor changes to the patches...
Originally Posted by A_Modest_Proposal