AMD Releases 13.11 Beta Driver After the Stable 13.12 to Offer Official SteamOS Support

The latest AMD driver can be downloaded from Softpedia

By on January 10th, 2014 13:14 GMT

AMD has released the new AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta V9.95 Video Driver for Linux platforms, which is rather strange because AMD also outed a short while ago a 3.12 stable version.

SteamOS has been released for a month now and AMD was the company that didn't provide official support through its drivers. This problem has been remedied today with a new driver.

AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta V9.95 Video Driver comes with only one new feature, namely support for Steam OS, the Linux-based distribution from Valve.

Also, a number of problems have been fixed. For example, a crash when resizing Konsole has been corrected, some brightness adjustment issues have been fixed, a kernel module compile failure when CONFIG_UIDGID_STRICT_TYPE_CHECKS is enabled has been fixed, the new GPL symbol acpi_bus_get_device is now avoided for new kernel support, and a system hang on resume from S4 with an OpenGL screen saver running has been fixed.

A couple of open issues are still present in the driver, which are probably the reason for this being a Beta and not stable build. Some OpenGL applications exhibit screen tearing with V-sync enabled and loading the Steam OS Overlay while playing games can result in a slower user interface response time.

Just like the previous versions, the AMD Catalyst 13.9 video driver offers production support for the following Linux-based operating systems: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 and 6.4, Novell SUSE Enterprise Linux 11 SP3, openSUSE Linux 11.4 and 12.1, and Ubuntu 12.04.2 and 13.04.

The system requirements are pretty much the same. Xorg/Xserver 7.4 and above (up to 1.14), Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.12), glibc version 2.2 or 2.3, and POSIX Shared Memory (/dev/shm) support for 3D applications.

Check the release notes for more details about this driver. Download the AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta V9.95 Video Driver right now from Softpedia.

Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.

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