AMD Catalyst™ 14.4 Linux Release Notes

Article Number: RN-LN-C14-4

AMD Catalyst™ 14.4 Proprietary Linux Graphics Driver Release Notes 

This release note provides information on the latest posting of AMD's Proprietary Linux Graphics Driver. This particular driver updates the Software version to 14.10.1006

The AMD Linux release notes provide information on the following: 

    • AMD Product Compatibility
    • Linux Distributions Supported
    • System Requirements
    • System Recommendations
    • New Features
    • Resolved Issues
    • Known Issues

AMD Product Compatibility:

The AMD Catalyst Proprietary Linux Graphics Driver is compatible with the following AMD products. 

AMD Desktop Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ R9 290 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 8000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 280 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 270 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 260 SeriesATI 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 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6600A Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 7450A SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6350A Series


AMD Embedded Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ E6760AMD Radeon™ E6460


AMD APU Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ HD 8000D SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 8000G Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 7000D SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7000G Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 6000D SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6000G Series


AMD Mobility Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ HD 8000M SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6000M Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 7000M SeriesATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5000 Series


Linux Distributions Supported:
The latest version of the ATI Catalyst™ Linux Software Suite 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 3.11)
      • 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 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

New Features:
The following section provides a summary of new features in this driver version.

    • 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_indirect_parameters
        • ARB_shader_group_vote

Resolved Issues:
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst Linux Software Suite.

      • Witcher 2: Resolves random lock-up seen when launching the application
      • Corruption and system hang observed while running Sanctuary BM with Tear Free Desktop enabled
      • Memory leak about hardware context
      • EGL create context error for glesx
      • GPU hand in CrossFire Mode
      • [Piglit] Test "spec/arb_vertex_array_object" failed
      • [Piglit] Test "glx/GLX_EXT_import_context/free context" failed
      • [Piglit] Test "spec/ARB_seamless_cube_map" failed
      • Piglit] Test "texture swizzle with border color" failed
      • Glxtest failures observed in log file
      • Blank screen observed while running steam games with Big picture
      • 4ms delay observed in the glxSwapBuffers when vsync is enabled
      • RBDoom3BFG the game auto quit when use the security camera terminal
      • ETQW segmentation fault

Known Issues:
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced with the AMD Catalyst Linux Software Suite.

    • Performance on some Steam OS games is lower on 1GB graphics memory cards, compared with 2GB graphics memory cards
    • Some Piglit tests cause a system hang under Ubuntu