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Thread: AMD Linux Catalyst: Hardware Owners Screwed?

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    Default Isn't this basically saying they are moving to an NVidia-like release process?

    I don't see how that's particularly bad, in fact a lot of people have been requesting exactly that.

    The only bad news here was that the 12.4 drivers were the last with support for r600/r700 hardware, which is indeed bad news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RussianNeuroMancer View Post
    Isn't end target for every hardware vendor who support Linux - provide FOSS drivers instead of proprietary? Isn't AMD do that right now?
    Well, I think and agree that using FOSS ATI drivers is the way to go on GNU/Linux, but I'd use FOSS drivers more often if:

    - I had PROPER H.264 VA-API/VDPAU support. It's unacceptable that such a basic 2D feature is still unsupported by FOSS ATI drivers. (btw, VDPAU on MPEG2 videos already works well...)

    - OpenGL games were not LIMITED BY THE CPU / MESA DRIVER, but rather BY THE GPU (on slow systems, you'll suffer performance penalties even if you use a High-End card).

    - BETTER POWER MANAGEMENT (at least on laptop graphics cards). The only option we currently have if we buy a laptop with AMD/ATI graphics card is using it with Catalyst. Otherwise, you can expect to send you computer to the manufacturer before the guarantee expires (due to heating issues)...

    With these news, I'm feeling a little more happier that I switched to Intel+nVidia (Bumblebee)... Maybe my next desktop system will also suffer a "change"...

    Cheers

    p.s.: I hope that Catalyst 12.5 (if it gets released) supports r600/r700-generation cards...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RussianNeuroMancer View Post
    Isn't end target for every hardware vendor who support Linux - provide FOSS drivers instead of proprietary? Isn't AMD do that right now?
    I bought my 4850 around mid 2008 or so. While we saw three succeeding generations by now, this is still powerful hardware.
    Let's take Valve/Source games as an example. Under windows I can run all Valve games with high detail at 1920x1200.
    Will I be able to do that on Linux with the open drivers? Who knows. But I wouldn't bet on it.
    (Indeed, it's not even clear when we will see first Source games on Linux.)

    According to Michael


    • Intels OTC ramps up effort to bring their Linux driver up to speed (and features).
      http://phoronix.com/forums/showthrea...705#post260705
      As they don't have a proprietary driver you won't have any restrictions on your Linux environment (kernel, xserver).
    • NVidia has a maintained legacy branch that gives you high performance and support for current kernels and xservers.


    So in both cases, it stands to reason, that you will be able to run those games on capable hardware AND recent xservers.

    Where am I left with my 4850 HD if it's not working fine with the open drivers?
    Even if one does not upgrade to new kernels (while there may be community patches) and recent xserver versions,
    who knows if Catalyst 12.4 plays well with upcoming games/engines? Maybe more or less trivial bug fixes won't simply applied
    because the hardware support has phased out.
    Last edited by entropy; 05-31-2012 at 05:55 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RussianNeuroMancer View Post
    http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles...st126beta.aspx
    By the way, isn't that mean beta builds with new kernel and xserver support will be available earlier for testing?
    Isn't that people asking for? Then why same people complain right now?
    Thanks a lot, eventually something useful. So far the best driver for my HD7750 that I bought 2 months ago. There is "Testing use only" watermark in the corner but no screen corruptions as before.

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    Your 4850 works with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, which is supported until April 2017. So you can continue to run games&stuff for another couple of years.

    That AMD's proprietary drivers will apparently never provide r600/r700 support for X.org server 1.12 is sad. Even more so considering the lack of an Evergreen+ alternative for AM3+ IGPs. (Yes, that 780G from four years ago is still on sale with only slight improvements.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by entropy View Post
    Where will such an announcement be placed?

    Can it get more actual than a news on Phoronix?
    hey i was faster than michael on Phoronix????: http://phoronix.com/forums/showthrea...-every-3-month

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    Quote Originally Posted by kUrb1a View Post
    Great,just great .I was hopping to get at least another AMD hd4870 card for crossfire but now i dont even care.I always tried to distanced myself from these rage trains but this is just too much! AMD you fcked up!
    in my point of view its not sure! right now i use the radeon driver for "gaming" with my hd4770
    if amd spend the money on the radeon driver to improve this one as a latency driver then I'm happy.
    because the radeon driver is much better as a latency driver than the "catalyst" means "bug-free" and long-time support by red-hat
    they only need some work done for example the power managment to get the maximum clock speed on a hd6550D APU

    and maybe they put out some video acceleration specs as a farewell? gift?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chithanh View Post
    Your 4850 works with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, which is supported until April 2017. So you can continue to run games&stuff for another couple of years.

    That AMD's proprietary drivers will apparently never provide r600/r700 support for X.org server 1.12 is sad. Even more so considering the lack of an Evergreen+ alternative for AM3+ IGPs. (Yes, that 780G from four years ago is still on sale with only slight improvements.)
    I don't use Ubuntu and I don't think that will change anytime soon.
    Also, just because C12.4 supports Ubuntu 12.04 until 2017 does not mean that there is extended support for the card (concerning the blob).
    Will there be any Catalyst fixes (r600/r700) for Ubuntu 12.04? AFAIK - No.

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    Default Good thing i got an nvidia GTS450

    I got an nvidia GTS450 with this nice chip after AMD left me alone in the dark:



    This baby allows me to do what it is intended to do on linux platform. I can use it to create qt4 applications, program WebGL with it and play games, watch HD videos etc. on linux. I got it after retarded AMD dropped support for my R580 (X1950XT) which i owned about just 2 years. At that time i warned people in this forum that it would happen again and OSS drivers while being a nice project need an age to reach high performance levels, feature richness and stability. Many people didn't believe this could happen and they were happy with their AMD evangelism. Time passed and time proved me right.


    Nvidia: Good for high performance OpenGL and video playback, decent desktop experience.

    Intel: Best new kernel and Xorg server support, very good 2D desktop experience with accelerated video playback, decent OpenGL

    AMD: pure crap

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    Question linux users count

    Could somebody from AMD tell us if they actually count the # of linux driver downloads ?

    How do the numbers compare to windows ?
    Are decisions made and resources allocated based on these ratios ?


    thank you for any response

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