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Re: [opensuse] New ATI driver released... [Install Instruction Additions]
  • From: "David C. Rankin" <drankinatty@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 02 Apr 2009 01:37:33 -0500
  • Message-id: <49D45D2D.6000408@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
David C. Rankin wrote:
peter nikolic wrote:

After working through Peter's issue, there is an addition to the ATI
install instructions:

Then follow my install instructions (from the ATI install instructions):

***** NOTE the example below is for version (8.532) the 8-9 driver, so don't
forget to use the current package in the steps below:

(1) make sure the 'kernel-source' package is installed, if not, then install
(as root):

zypper in kernel-source

(1a) make sure the 'compat-libstdc++' (The Old stdc++ Library) package is

zypper in compat-libstdc++

We haven't heard back from Peter whether that solved his problem, but I
that was the last piece of the puzzle. I'm surprised that this isn't listed as
a dependency to the fglrx rpm. Perhaps Ben can help up out here....


See the complete thread with subject "Re: [opensuse] New ATI driver
released... And works! -- NOT!" for the remainder of the details. The thread
dates are 3/29/09 - 4/1/09.

Additionally, thank you Bob for picking up the reins as the openSuSE ATI
driver package maintainer from Stefan. Glad to have you at the helm, but... I
don't envy the challenges you have ahead.

In the past, Stefan had a direct contact named Luugi Marsan at ATI
<atilinuxnovellbugs@xxxxxxx>. He worked with us on a number of past fglrx
driver bugs (See eg.;;, etc..) I don't know if
Luugi is still with ATI, but without Luugi or another dedicated person at ATI,
the chance of getting anything fixed with the ATI driver is *zero* and there
are a number of fixes needed. (See the referenced thread)

If you do get a contact in ATI that is willing to address some of these
instead of trying to sweep them under the rug, please let the list know so that
we can pass on additional information to help get these issues addressed.

This is *critical* at this juncture with ATI's plans to drop driver
for all Rev. 300 - 500 cards. (release architecture) That is all support for
all 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800, X300, X550, X600, X700, X800, X850 AllInWonder, and
X1050 cards. I guess that means all laptops bought before Q3 2005 (or January
2007 in the case of the X1050) will have *NO* fglrx driver support from ATI.
Frankly I'm surprised I haven't seen more discussion about it on the list.

It is *critical* that any remaining issues with these cards be resolved
the 11.1 release packages because starting with the 11.2 release it appears
there will be *NO* ATI driver support for these cards or all the laptops that
include these GPU chipsets. That means *NO* desktop effects, no compiz and
limited graphics performance in Linux for all these cards unless the radeon
driver can come up to speed in the next six months.

Like I said, I don't envy your position. Lastly, I don't know what your
position is on this, but I think pressure should be kept up on ATI to
open-source the code it is retiring if not the entire driver. That way the
radeon driver could at least pick up support for the cards ATI is dumping
support on.

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.
Rankin Law Firm, PLLC
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