New AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta for Linux Driver Brings More Gaming Improvements

The driver also implements support for OpenGL 4.3 and Linux kernel 3.10

AMD has released yet another driver update for its current product line, integrating support for the latest Linux kernel and other major fixes.

AMD has started increasing the frequency of its releases, at least the Beta ones. This is the second Beta release in the series and the final version is incoming,

The following distributions are officially supported: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Suite 6.3 and 6.4, SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP3, OpenSUSE 11.4 and 12.1, Ubuntu 12.04.2 and 13.04.

Highlights of AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta 2 Driver:

• Source Engine games no longer hang when running on the High Performance ASIC. This fix will most likely impact most of the newest Valve games based on the Source engine;

• The Maya 2012 Paint brush no longer leaves trails in real time while painting at some areas when the desktop effects are enabled;

• A Unigine Heaven 4.0 crash with high-performance GPUs has been fixed;

• Unigine Heaven OGL no longer stops responding at high resolutions with VSync enabled;

• Linux kernel 3.10 support has been enabled;

• Left 4 Dead 2 Corruption, Yellow Screen Bug, and Gamma Correction Corruption have been corrected;

• The menus are no longer unbelievably slow with VSync disabled for the XBMC distribution.

A few other problems have remained, this being a development version and all. Still, users should still try this latest version.

The AMD Catalyst Linux software suite has a few system requirements that must be met: Xorg/Xserver 7.4 and above (up to 1.14), Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.10), glibc version 2.2 or 2.3, and POSIX Shared Memory (/dev/shm) support.

A complete list of changes, improvements, and supported graphics cards can be found in the official announcement.

Download AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta 2 Driver right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines.

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