Latest ATI Linux Driver Brings Support for Ubuntu 8.04

...and other improvements!

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A new version of the ATI/AMD Linux display driver was released last night, for both x86 and x86_64 platforms. This release introduces early look support for Ubuntu 8.04 aka Hardy Heron. The following issues were resolved in this release:

■ Selecting Wait for vertical retrace in the AMD Catalyst Control Center - Linux Edition no longer results in the FPS of the application not matching the display's vertical refresh rate;
■ A black screen is no longer observed on some hardware when switching to the console or leaving the X window system when a Vesa framebuffer console driver is used;
■ Video Playback no longer displays incorrect colors and additional shadow images when cropping or expanding a video file using a video player that utilizes the XVideo extension.

Known issues of this release:

■ There is no support for video playback on the second head in dual head mode;
■ Desktop corruption may be noticed when dragging the overlay/video when using dual-display mode;
■ Bandwidth corruption may be noticed when setting the desktop resolution to 2048x1536 on systems containing an ATI Radeon HD 3200 series of product.

In order to gain the best performance and ease of use, ATI/AMD recommends the following:

■ Kernel module build environment should include the following: Kernel source code - either the Kernel Source or Kernel Headers packages.
■ ISSE Support enabled in your Linux Kernel (applies to Intel Pentium III and later CPUs only; enabled by default on version 2.4 and later kernels).
■ The rpm utility should be installed and configured correctly on your system, if you intend to install it via RPM packages.


■ XOrg 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 or 7.3
■ Linux kernel 2.6 or higher
■ glibc version 2.2 or 2.3
■ POSIX Shared Memory (/dev/shm) support is required for 3D applications.

If you have a machine running Linux kernel 2.4, you should install version 8.42.3 of the ATI Catalyst software suite.

Supported operating systems:

■ Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.6
■ Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1
■ Ubuntu 7.10
■ Red Flag DT 6.0
■ openSUSE 10.3

For installation instructions and more information about this release, please go here.

You can download the ATI/AMD Linux Display Driver now from Softpedia.


By    17 Apr 2008, 06:28 GMT