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Where is AMD's Linux Driver for HD 6000 Series?
Old 29 December 2010, 20:26   #1
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Two months ago AMD introduced the Radeon HD 6800 series. 69 days to be precise. In those 69 days, AMD released the following drivers:

Catalyst 10.10
Catalyst 10.10a Hotfix
Catalyst 10.10b Hotfix
Catalyst 10.10c Hotfix
Catalyst 10.10d Hotfix
Catalyst 10.10e Hotfix
Catalyst 10.11
Catalyst 10.12
Catalyst 10.12 CCC 2 Preview
Catalyst 10.12a Hotfix

Ten driver releases within 69 days. That's pretty impressive.

Earlier today I've installed a Radeon HD 6870 into my Ubuntu-powered Linux system and discovered that the HD 6000 series are still officially unsupported on Linux. There isn't even a single Linux driver on AMD's website with support for HD 6000 series. It seems that only Catalyst 11.1 is likely to feature support for HD 6000 series on Linux.

Why does it take three months for AMD to release a Linux driver with support for the HD 6000 series?

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Old 29 December 2010, 21:18   #2
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AMD simply is focusing on their main base. Why focus on releasing drivers for the two people who actually use linux, with top of the line gaming hardware? When most, if not all of those top of the line games that need that hardware wont even run on Linux? (I'm not knocking Linux just stating a fact).

Same reason why hackers focus on PC's 1,000 times more then macs, its all in the number of users.
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AMD simply is focusing on their main base. Why focus on releasing drivers for the two people who actually use linux, with top of the line gaming hardware? When most, if not all of those top of the line games that need that hardware wont even run on Linux? (I'm not knocking Linux just stating a fact).

Same reason why hackers focus on PC's 1,000 times more then macs, its all in the number of users.
Two people? Most of the world's internet servers run on Apache/Linux. Just because Linux isn't popular among home-users doesn't mean that only two people use it.

Many enterprises, businesses, universities, governments, militaries, developers use Linux/Unix. And GPUs aren't used just for gaming, there are other purposes as well.

It took Nvidia 2 days to release a Linux driver for GTX 580.

Hackers target Windows platforms because it's more accessible and easier to exploit. In fact, hackers prefer Unix-based systems because usually these are servers with a lot of bandwidth and could be used to DDoS, host botnets, spam, etc. But the thing is... Linux is more secured and harder to hack to.
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I have never used Linux, but shouldnt a product be supported for all Existing and used OS? AMD should release a driver for Linux, Mac and Windows when ever they release a GPU.
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Actually im happy they dont waste time on linux or any other OS drivers. Since the goal of these gaming focused gpus is Win7 and nothing else.
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Old 30 December 2010, 21:51   #6
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You say:

"""Earlier today I've installed a Radeon HD 6870 into my Ubuntu-powered Linux system and discovered that the HD 6000 series are still officially unsupported on Linux."""

Some clarification please,

"unofficially", do they work?
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Old 30 December 2010, 22:08   #7
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Only with modding.
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Yeah I hope AMD collect themselves and bring more support to Linux drivers soon. I only use my Windows PC for gaming and everything else on Ubuntu so it would be nice if there is some love spread on the Linux bread.
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Regeneration, could you post instruction how to mod driver to install it for hd6xxx on linux or just publish modded driver? This would be nice.
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Regeneration, could you post instruction how to mod driver to install it for hd6xxx on linux or just publish modded driver? This would be nice.
There are some RC drivers floating around (as I am using them on my system at this moment) from early October.
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