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    Default AMD Catalyst Beats NVIDIA To Linux 3.12 Support

    Phoronix: AMD Catalyst Beats NVIDIA To Linux 3.12 Support

    The AMD Catalyst (fglrx) graphics driver is generally notorious in having belated support for new Linux kernel and X.Org Server releases while NVIDIA is usually very quick in supporting development kernels / xorg-servers. This time around for the Linux 3.12 kernel, the mainline Catalyst beta already supports the yet-to-be-out kernel while NVIDIA does not have this compatibility...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQ4NzM

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    Yeah ok... is not first of April yet...

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    Yea, what's up with all the graphics companies all of a sudden.

    The NVIDIA driver already supports 3.11?

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    Anyone from AMD can check if You haven't hired that "magican" from Arch community, who by himself always beat Linux Catalyst team to support newest kernels?
    (And whose patches where ignored by that team, even though some have hinted their existence on phoronix even).

    That would be great.

    Commitment to support new kernels from git:HEAD would be even greater. Is that this big news for Linux users some AMD employe hinted at?
    (Will that mean faster X.org support too?)

    PS

    Can anyone test new X.org releases if they are supported too?

    PSPS

    WoW! Just WoW!
    Both AMD and Nvidia DO show first tier support for Linux in binary drivers. (Ofc. AMD did have first tier + for the radeon driver for some long time now)
    Edit: (And Intel also have good i9xx support!)



    Valve did delivered 2 miracles now! Nvidia releasing some doc, and now AMD supporting newest&greatest kernel. Good to be Linux user now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by przemoli View Post
    Anyone from AMD can check if You haven't hired that "magican" from Arch community, who by himself always beat Linux Catalyst team to support newest kernels?
    (And whose patches where ignored by that team, even though some have hinted their existence on phoronix even).

    That would be great.

    Commitment to support new kernels from git:HEAD would be even greater. Is that this big news for Linux users some AMD employe hinted at?
    (Will that mean faster X.org support too?)
    That's not how it works. According to the AMD devs, fglrx has always supported the latest and greatest kernels. It's just that while going through internal testing, those latest and greatest kernels usually become old and outdated. So whatever changed this time has to do with their internal testing (not being as strict?).

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    Michael, same happened with 3.10 - Catalyst 13.8 Beta with 3.10 support was released earlier than nVidia driver with 3.10 support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatEmerald View Post
    That's not how it works. According to the AMD devs, fglrx has always supported the latest and greatest kernels. It's just that while going through internal testing, those latest and greatest kernels usually become old and outdated.
    AMD is making their proprietary driver mainly for their "supported" distributions.

    From the release notes:

    Linux Distributions Supported:
    The AMD Catalyst™ 13.11 Beta V1 Driver for Linux is designed to support the following Linux distributions:
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux Suite 6.3 and 6.4
    SUSE® Linux Enterprise 11 SP3
    OpenSUSE 11.4 and 12.1
    Ubuntu 12.04.2 and 13.04
    They support the linux versions these distributions have at the time.

    But then, they also write stuff like this in there:
    The following packages must be installed in order for the AMD Catalyst™ Linux graphics driver to install and work optimally:
    gimp-help-en
    [...]

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    Cool Oh yeah !

    AMD AMD AMD !!!HURRAH HURRAH HURRAH !!!

    Sorry....couldn't resist

    Kaveri-based (or even Richland-based) SteamBoxes at SteamBox launch with interesting prices and performance might be a reality !

    Now Michael....time to check out if the AMD blob got improved by Kernel 3.12 like OSS driver
    Last edited by AJSB; 10-16-2013 at 01:05 PM.

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