AMD Catalyst 11.9, complete disaster?

Let me explain my feelings a bit deeper. I do really appreciate the effort AMD is putting in providing high quality GPU drivers (in terms of performance and power consumption) for our beloved Operating System.

But this time I feel quite depressed. We were delaying Sabayon 7 just because we wanted to ship with working AMD drivers, and make GNOME3 users happy. Today, it turned out this is not going to be the case: x11-drivers/ati-drivers-11.9 seems to be a complete disaster, people still reporting (also been able to reproduce them) GNOME3 rendering issues (flickering), KWin and other random crashes (regressions!) as well. Yes, even KDE is crashy on fglrx now.

AMD is unlikely going to fix the situation in reasonable time (we must release Sabayon 7 asap!), so, like it or not, we are forced to revert back to 11.8 and ship our new ISO images with GNOME3 Shell not working on AMD GPU systems.

We are very sorry.


About lxnay

the creator of Sabayon Linux, Entropy Package Manager {Eit, Equo, Rigo}, Molecule release media buildsystem, Matter Portage buildbot/tinderbox and only God knows what else...

12 responses to “AMD Catalyst 11.9, complete disaster?

  1. As long as the kernel has the firmwares, my AMD APU system works fine withe the open source drivers, although I needed to modify grub’s config just a bit due to it constantly trying to switch the output to the VGA adapter for some reason.

  2. Driver “radeon”

    Works well for me 🙂

  3. GrrlTalk

    Yes it does – as long as you do not have a notebook – then you might have said: Works well for med besides the whole computer is getting hot immediately. So “radeon” is a nice thing to have if you are not in a temperature-sensitive environment, say a tower or so … on a notebook this driver is not usuable because of the high temperatures. Messing with energy options in xorg.conf does mess up the rendering and slow down things. So: never EVER agin ATI /AMD!!!

  4. bluejayofevil

    I use the FOSS Radeon driver. Catalyst is way too buggy, unstable unpredictable.

  5. Driver “radeon” is great when you run hardware that is actually supported decently by it. Those of us who have newer hardware (like the HD6970 and HD6990) must use the fglrx driver if we want any kind of usability.

    What it comes down to is: Hardware manufacturers need to start doing a better job with their driver releases. The FOSS community does a great job for what they have to work with, but they need funds and other resources to compete. The manufacturers have the money and the resources, but they don’t direct any of it (in meaningful amounts) towards Linux, so we are stuck between choosing whichever is the lesser of two evils at the time.

  6. Why do you folks even ship with fglrx by default? The KMS “radeon” driver works much better than fglrx for everything except gaming. It still makes sense to ship “nvidia” instead of “nouveau”, but not “fglrx” instead of “radeon.

  7. Games. Exactly. Games.
    And then there’s also power management and OpenCL on the list.

  8. look like ati/amd gpu is good to only one thing, bitcoin gold farming and md5 password cracking! for other mundane tasks just use nvidia!

  9. LXNAY: How to apply that patch ?

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