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 AMD Catalyst™ 14.4 Release Candidate for Linux

Last Updates: 4/21/2014
Article Number: RN-LN-RC14.4

Installer Notes

Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 14.4 Release Candidate Driver for Linux:
This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new:


    • Support for the AMD Radeon R9 295X


    • Ubuntu 12.04.4  support
    • Full support for OpenGL 4.4
    • OpenGL 4.4 supports the following extensions:
      • ARB_buffer_storage
      • ARB_enhanced_layouts
      • ARB_query_buffer_object
      • ARB_clear_texture
      • ARB_texture_mirror_clamp_to_edge
      • ARB_texture_stencil8
      • ARB_vertex_type_10f_11f_11f_rev
      • ARB_multi_bind
      • ARB_bindless_texture
      • ARB_spare_texture
      • ARB_seamless_cubemap_per_texture
      • ARB_shader_draw_parameters
      • ARB_shader_group_vote

 Resolved Issues:

    • [388835] : Corruption and system hang observed while running Sanctuary BM with Tear Free Desktop enabled
    • [391994] : Memory leak about hardware context
    • [392921] : EGL create context error for glesx
    • [393622] : GPU hand in CrossFire Mode
    • [392271] : [Piglit] Test "spec/arb_vertex_array_object" failed
    • [393283]:  Glxtest failures observed in log file
    • [392666] : [Piglit] Test "glx/GLX_EXT_import_context/free context" failed
    • [389496] : [Piglit] Test "spec/ARB_seamless_cube_map" failed
    • [388194] : [Piglit] Test "texture swizzle with border color" failed
    • [391231] : Blank screen observed while running steam games with Big picture
    • [394935] : 4ms delay observed in the glxSwapBuffers when vsync is enabled
    • [375710] : RBDoom3BFG the game auto quit when use the security camera terminal
    • [394504] : ETQW segmentation fault

Open Issues:

    • TBD

The AMD Catalyst™ 14.4 Release Candidate driver can be downloaded from the following link:

Note! This Driver is provided "AS IS" and under the terms and conditions of the End User License Agreement provided with it.

AMD Product Compatibility:
The AMD Catalyst™ 14.4 Release Candidate Driver for Linux is compatible with the following AMD products.

AMD Desktop Product Family Compatibility

AMD Radeon™ R9 290 Series

AMD Radeon™ HD 8000 Series

AMD Radeon™ R9 280X Series

AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series

AMD Radeon™ R9 270X Series

AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series

AMD Radeon™ R7 260X Series

ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series

AMD Radeon™ R7 250 Series


AMD Radeon™ R7 240 Series



AMD All-In-One Desktop Product Family Compatibility

AMD Radeon™ HD 7600A Series

AMD Radeon™ HD 6600A Series

AMD Radeon™ HD 7450A Series

AMD Radeon™ HD 6350A Series


AMD Embedded Product Family Compatibility

AMD Radeon™ E6760

AMD Radeon™ E6460


AMD APU Product Family Compatibility



AMD Radeon™ R7 Series

AMD Radeon™ R7 Series

AMD Radeon™ HD 8000D Series

AMD Radeon™ HD 8000G Series

AMD Radeon™ HD 7000D Series

AMD Radeon™ HD 7000G Series

AMD Radeon™ HD 6000D Series

AMD Radeon™ HD 6000G Series


AMD Mobility Product Family Compatibility

AMD Radeon™ HD 8000M Series

AMD Radeon™ HD 6000M Series

AMD Radeon™ HD 7000M Series

ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5000 Series


Linux Distributions Supported:
The AMD Catalyst™ 14.4 Release Candidate Driver for Linux is designed to support the following Linux distributions:

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Suite 6.4 and 6.5
    • SUSE® Linux Enterprise 11 SP3
    • openSUSE 13.1
    • Ubuntu 12.04.3, 12.04.4 and 13.10

System Requirements:
Before attempting to install the AMD Catalyst™ Linux graphics driver, the following software must be installed:

    • Xorg/Xserver 7.4 and above (up to 1.15)
    • Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.13)
    • glibc version 2.2 or 2.3
    • POSIX Shared Memory (/dev/shm) support is required for 3D applications

NOTE: If a Linux 2.6.11 or newer kernel was built with CONFIG_AGP enabled, the kernel AGP frontend is required to load the fglrx kernel module. To identify whether your kernel with CONFIG_AGP enabled, look for CONFIG_AGP=y in the kernel config file, or if the 'agpgart' module is loaded

System Recommendations:
For optimal performance and ease of use, the following are available:

    • Kernel module build environment
      • Kernel source code include either the Kernel Source or Kernel Headers packages
    • The RPM utility should be installed and configured correctly on your system, if you intend to install via RPM packages

The following packages must be installed in order for the AMD Catalyst™ Linux graphics driver to install and work optimally:

    • gimp-help-en
    • gimp-help-common
    • XFree86-Mesa-libGL
    • libstdc++
    • libgcc
    • XFree86-libs
    • fontconfig
    • freetype
    • zlib
    • gcc