ATI Linux Display Driver 8.2 : Fixes X Server Bugs

A new version of the ATI/AMD Linux display driver was released last night, for both x86 and x86_64 platforms. This release fixes some important X server bugs, such as:

  1. The X server no longer crashes if the screen resolution is changed in horizontal or vertical desktop setup with a monitor that does not support DDC;
  2. The X server no longer segfaults or fails to initialize DRI if a BusID was specified in an unexpected format in xorg.conf;
  3. The X server no longer freezes on shutdown if atieventsd is running;
  4. The first OpenGL application run after starting a session on X server version 1.4 no longer hangs.

Known issues of this release:

  • On workstation hardware 3D applications will be corrupted if the screen width is not an integer multiple of 64 pixels, for example with a 1680×1050 wide screen display;
  • There is no support for video playback on the second head in dual head mode;
  • Desktop corruption may be noticed when dragging the overlay/video when using dual-display mode; Read the rest of this entry »

RadeonHD Video Driver 1.0.0 Released

RadeonHD video driver version 1.0.0 was announced today on the Foundation website. Luc Verhagen, from Novel says:”We still have some open bugs which will require some further investigation. But no release will ever be perfect, and our early adopters are reporting far less issues already, so we feel that our driver is good enough to be tagged as a proper release. This way, a wider public will start to use our driver, and further issues can be discovered and fixed.”..RadeonHD is also known as xf86-video-radeonhd and it’s an video driver for R500 and newer ATI graphics devices. It is being developed by Novell for AMD.

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ATI Catalyst 7.11 Linux Released!

A new version of the ATI/AMD Linux display driver was released last night for both x86 and x86_64 platforms. This release is a bit special, as it includes support for Ubuntu 7.10. Moreover, starting with this version, the ATI Catalyst software suite does not support the Linux kernel 2.4, XFree86 4.3 software and workstation hardware.

Issues resolved in this release:

  • Launching a new terminal un RHEL5 32bit version no longer results in inconsistent background colors appearing each time the window is minimized and maximized
  • The kernel module is now working on kernel version 2.6.23
  • An error message no longer appears during installation if dash is used as /bin/sh

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ATI/AMD 8.41.7 Display Driver Released

A new version of the ATI/AMD Linux display driver was released last night for both x86 and x86_64 platforms. This release is a bit special, as it is recommended to be used exclusively on ATI Radeon HD 2000 family. Moreover, AMD suggests to distributors to use the previous version (8.40.4) for distribution packages. Now the good news: this version includes major improvements in the OpenGL performance on a large variety of ATI Radeon video cards for OpenGL consumer based games, such as Doom 3 and Quake 4.

Issues resolved in this release:

  • The TV-out size and position now
  • Supports adjustments on systems running Linux and containing an ATI Radeon X1900 or higher product.
  • Running HP CAT on 64 no longer results in a BAM hang.
  • X server no longer fails to respond when a DFP display device is connected to the secondary port.

Known issues of this release

  • Corruption may be observed with certain applications on some Linux distributions which enable the Composite extension by default, e.g., RHEL 5. If you notice some application corruption, please disable the Composite extension.
  • Using the xgl enabled x-server interface disables display switching hot plug support
  • There is no support for video playback on the second head in dual head mode.
  • Desktop corruption may be noticed when dragging the overlay/video when using dual-display mode.
  • A black screen may be observed on some hardware when switching to the console or leaving the X window system when a Vesa framebuffer console driver is used.
  • Various error messages may appear during RPM installation under SuSE 10.2.
  • The display may go blank with clone/dual/horizontal mode configured or switching VT on systems containing an ATI Radeon 9800 XT product.

In order to gain the best performance and ease of use, ATI/AMD recommends the following:

  • Kernel module build environment – should include the following: Kernel source code: either the Kernel Source or Kernel Headers packages
  • ISSE Support enabled in your Linux Kernel (applies to Intel Pentium III and later CPUs only; enabled by default on version 2.4 and later kernels)
  • The rpm utility should be installed and configured correctly on your system, if you intend to install it via RPM packages;


  • XOrg 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7.0, 7.1 or 7.2; XFree86 version 4.3
  • Linux kernel 2.4 or higher
  • glibc version 2.2 or 2.3
  • POSIX Shared Memory (/dev/shm) support is required for 3D applications

Download :… 7.3 Brings Hotplugging Support

X.Org 7.3 has just been released today after months and months of hard work. X.Org X Server 1.4 is included in this new version which contains the most awaited input hotplugging support function as well as version 1.2 of the RandR extension, which allows for runtime configuration of outputs within X screens.

X.Org 7.3 also comes with a new driver, xf86-video-vermilion and the xf86-video-glide driver which was present only in the monolithic releases. You are now able to configure backlight properties for LCDs, through the RandR extension.

Unfortunately, not all bugs could be fixed in this new version of the X.Org server, therefore the following list of known issues will be fixed in future releases:

  • Multiple PCI domains no longer work on Linux. This has been present since the 1.3 server, at least. It is expected to be fixed on master (to be server 1.5) and a minimal fix may be backported when that happens.
  • Memory leak with GLX pixmaps. This couldn’t get tracked down in time for release.
  • Two-color cursors misrendered on big-endian systems. The problem was not fully understood at the time of release and the interim fix was not included.
  • When the appropriate input driver is not found for static configuration, the server may crash.
  • Server crash with compiz. Reporter didn’t have time to follow up.
  • In traditional (multi-Screen) multihead mode, the cursor may be stuck on one of the heads. This is a bug in evdev which may also exist in other input drivers and will be fixed in upcoming point releases.
  • Bug in libwfb, which arrived too late to make it in.
  • Failure in an error path of the new input code may lead to server crashes during server exit. This should have made it in and was an oversight.

For more information on this new release, please go here.

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Sidux 2007-03 Is Now Available for Both Amd64 and i686

Based on the Debian Sid distribution, Sidux also comes with its own packages and scripts and contains only dfsg free software. However this doesn’t mean you cannot add some non-free ones. Fell free to add as many sources as you want to the /etc/apt/sources.list.


  • amd64 (AMD64, Intel Core2, newer 64 bit capable AMD Sempron and Intel Pentium 4 and i686 (Pentium pro/ Pentium II, AMD K7 Athlon or newer).
  • kernel (smp, hard preemption)
  • minimal, but fully functional KDE 3.5.7 (English + Deustch)
  • completely overhauled init sequence
  • completely refactored installer backend
  • new artwork created by cleary and the sidux art team
  • offline manual for en + de (. only available on the running live CD or the installed system.), online manuals for more languages online at sidux manual and available via apt
  • lots of changes in the manua
  • rt2x00 2.0.6+git20060810 support for RaLink cards supporting wpsupplicant, remove /etc/modprobe.d/mac80211 to prefer it over RaLink legacy drivers
  • support for RealTek RTL8187 wlan cards
  • libata support for parallel ATA systems
  • enhance hardware support libraries
  • support for “smxi”, replacing “sm” and “”
  • bugfix for keyboard layout selections in X
  • USB scanner support has been fixed in kernel ( ≥ ≥
  • fix XDG menu entry for My-PPPoE Conf
  • add siduxcc and kooka.
  • thanks to concerted team efforts, the dependencies on Xdialog and threfore gtk+ 1.2 could be removed
  • support for Agere Systems et131x ethernet controllers
  • fw-detect to probe for hardware with non-free needs
  • rt73-legacy driver
  • memtest86+
  • added iputils-ping
  • added VDR 1.4.7
  • partition detection bug fixed

Home Page : SIdux

Announcment :  Official Site