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    Default Say Hello To The Catalyst Linux Driver Christmas Edition

    Phoronix: Say Hello To The Catalyst Linux Driver Christmas Edition

    AMD's Toronto developers working on the ATI Catalyst Linux driver have just released their last public update of the year. The Catalyst 10.12 Linux driver (along with the Windows version) is now available for those interested in this high-performance, but proprietary, driver...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODkwNg

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    This is rather good news.
    I remember buying HD4670 card, installing catalyst(that was fglrx at time), getting ~160fps out of openarena on dualcore e5300 and upon exit nicely crashing X straight. The opensource driver was,.. comparable to VESA that time.

    Needless to say I returned the card back to the shop and got nvidia 9800 gt. 300 fps, no crashes, absolutely. But again proprietary. And fan spinning 100% unless proprietary driver has started.

    But now with 4770 and opensource, things have gotten much better. 60fps in openarena(not everything, but something), no xorg crashes, faster 2D.

    So now, AMD is matching Nvidia. I wonder if it was actually the original goal, forget opensource. I really hope not.

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    The Catalyst driver is getting better every month, and this will become even more clear in the very beginning of 2011.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d2kx View Post
    The Catalyst driver is getting better every month, and this will become even more clear in the very beginning of 2011.

    mm....wow, you're just in time to win "best phoronix sentance of year 2010"

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    Quote Originally Posted by d2kx View Post
    The Catalyst driver is getting better every month, and this will become even more clear in the very beginning of 2011.
    i just want them to fix 3 things:
    - not redirecting fullscreen windows even when switching the virtual desktop
    - taking ages to wake up or not waking up at all.
    - no tearing with acceptable performance
    if these 3 issues get fixed i will live happily ever afer.

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    Along with it, there was also the new Stream SDK 2.3 released. With UVD access, but on Windows only.

    The official Stream page is not yet updated, but download links already exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pfanne View Post
    i just want them to fix 3 things:
    - not redirecting fullscreen windows even when switching the virtual desktop
    - taking ages to wake up or not waking up at all.
    - no tearing with acceptable performance
    if these 3 issues get fixed i will live happily ever afer.
    ditto

    My 4850 is working like a charm with the open source drivers, no tearing, decent video performance, etc. The 5830 on my notebook with fglrx has awful tearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pfanne View Post
    - taking ages to wake up or not waking up at all.
    That happens to me with OS drivers (vanilla drivers on vanilla kernel) too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pfanne View Post
    i just want them to fix 3 things:
    - not redirecting fullscreen windows even when switching the virtual desktop
    - taking ages to wake up or not waking up at all.
    - no tearing with acceptable performance
    if these 3 issues get fixed i will live happily ever afer.
    No worries, they will fix that. Unfortunately, this means that the driver will have to render every 32nd text character upside down, the color blue as green and that you will get high-pitched squeeky noice from the GPU when watching video

    fglrx is developed using a "feature trading" design principle you see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pfanne View Post
    - no tearing with acceptable performance


    You said it not me

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