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In what will certainly be controversial and disappointing to some Radeon Linux desktop users, AMD will soon announce that they will effectively be discontinuing support for several Radeon product families from their proprietary Catalyst driver. After that point, for future Linux distribution updates, the open-source Radeon Linux driver will be your only option for accelerated graphics. This is likely happening with the Windows Catalyst driver too, but at least there they have a better-maintained legacy driver process.

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Edited by trumpet-205 - 4/20/12 at 2:55pm
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Hopefully this is going to allow some major code cleanup and help future architectures.
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They have lived their life, but there really isn't a need for them to keep being updated.
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They should keep 4k series, they are the last dx10 GPU that are still used (just like 8/9k nvidia series)
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They should keep 4k series, they are the last dx10 GPU that are still used (just like 8/9k nvidia series)

I agree. In my opinion it is too soon to drop 4K series.
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Noooo my 4870
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Hopefully this makes it easier for them to support newer cards if true.

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Well that's a little disappointing to say the least. I understand that the current drivers for the 4k series have had time to mature on the Windows platform and there is probably not much to be done in terms of improvements, but Linux has quite a bit of progress to be made.

This comes as a blow to me because my HP Probook uses an ATI 4330 GPU and I was hoping for some better support on the Linux side of it so that I'm not locked to Windows just because of driver support.
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I agree. In my opinion it is too soon to drop 4K series.

I Agree as well.

 

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Driver updates aren't adding much to these cards any more, so I don't think anyone will mind. As long as the final driver for these cards is cleaned up and bug-free as humanly possible.
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