AMD Release New “Omega” Linux Driver

AMD Catalyst™ OMEGA 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 14.501.1003

The AMD Linux release notes provide information on the following:

  • AMD Product Compatibility
  • Linux Distributions Supported
  • System Requirements
  • System Recommendations
  • New Features
  • Resolved 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 Series AMD Radeon™ R5 230 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 280 Series AMD Radeon™ HD 8000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 270 Series AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 260 Series AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 250 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 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 APU Product Family Compatibility
Desktop Mobile
A-Series AMD Radeon™ R7 Graphics AMD Radeon™ HD 8000G Series
A-Series AMD Radeon™ R6 Graphics AMD Radeon™ HD 7000G Series
A-Series AMD Radeon™ R5 Graphics AMD Radeon™ HD 6000G Series
A-Series AMD Radeon™ R3 Graphics
AMD Radeon™ HD 8000D Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 7000D Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 6000D Series


AMD Mobility Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ R9 M200 Series AMD Radeon™ HD 7000M Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 M200 Series AMD Radeon™ HD 6000M Series
AMD Radeon™ R5 M200 Series ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 8000M Series


Linux Distributions Supported:
The latest version of the ATI Catalyst™ Linux Software Suite is designed to support the following Linux distributions:

Linux Distribution Specific

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Suite 7.0 , 6.5
  • Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS, 14.04 LTS

Linux RUN Installer

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Suite 6.4
  • SUSE® Linux Enterprise 11 SP3, 12
  • OpenSuSE 13.1
  • Ubuntu 14.10

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 1.16)
  • Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.17)
  • 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 and supported products in this driver version.

  • OpenCL 2.0 support (requires 64-bit OS and compatible AMD Radeon™ R Series GPU)
  • VAAPI decoding support (H264, VC1, MPEG2, MPEG4)
  • Distribution specific package support for Ubuntu and Red Hat

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

  • [402835]: Unexpected pixmap’s time stamp change on Ubuntu with composite enabled causes Linux Khronos CTS to randomly fail
  • [403420]: Driver install can sometimes have an error in Ubuntu 14.10 using GPL symbol before Kernel 3.16
  • [405011]: Driver installation may intermittently fail on Kernel 3.9.0
  • [409856]: Generate Distribution Specific Package’ mode of Catalyst install does not create symbolic links for libGL
  • [407550]: Driver upgrade failed in Ubuntu with specific drivers



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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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