AMD Catalyst™ 14.2 LINUX Beta Driver released


AMD are infamous for the quality or lack of quality of their Linux Drivers but lately they have been making an effort to head in the right direction. Today sees the release of a new beta driver for the community to play with!


Last Updates: 2/25/2014
Article Number: RN-LN-B14.2

Installer Notes

​Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 14.2 Beta Driver for Linux:
This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new:





Resolved Issues:

  • [394106] : Minecraft: missing textures have been resolved
  • [393609] : Resolves corruption issues seen in X-plane

Open Issues:

  • [390964] : Stuttering and poor performance after playing an OpenGL game for a several minutes on Ubuntu
  • [393377] : Terminal panel stops refreshing until there is movement from mouse cursor
  • [392546] : System hang observed while hotpluging the stereo display
  • [388835] : Corruption and system hang observed while running Sanctuary BM with TFD enable
  • [392552] : Enabling Overlay: StartX , the screen shows corruption

The AMD Catalyst™ 14.2 Beta driver can be downloaded from the following link:

AMD Catalyst 14.2 Beta Driver for Linux​

Note! This Driver is provided “AS IS” and under the terms and conditions of the End User License Agreement provided therewith

AMD Product Compatibility:
The AMD Catalyst™ 14.2 Beta 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™ HD 8000D Series
  • AMD Radeon™ HD 7000D Series
  • AMD Radeon™ HD 6000D Series


AMD Radeon™ R7 Series

  • AMD Radeon™ HD 7000G Series
  • AMD Radeon™ HD 8000G 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™ 14.2 Beta 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 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



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Author: Kereltis View all posts by
Linux advocate, born in Liverpool, grew up in Cork City Ireland and currently living in Corvallis, Oregon. I love all things Linux, my favorite distro being Ubuntu followed closely by Kubuntu and Linux Mint (Cinnamon and KDE). As far as I'm concerned Linux is the future of gaming. Lets make the world as open and transparent as we can!

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