On Sun, October 28, 2012 11:37 pm, Paul Coccoli wrote:
I am running a fusion chipset for the past year. It can handle 1080p and
is a pretty powerful solution for Linux multimedia and gaming.
At the time I installed the OS I had to use the AMD catalyst drivers
provided by AMD to get acceleration working because they were not
available for squeeze. It was a bit of a hassle to get debian installed
but I managed to do it in the end.
The driver management tool has a couple of minor bugs but those might have
been fixed by now.
One thing to note is that AMD have recently decided to drop support for
<5000 series chipsets in their catalyst drivers. My notebook which is only
2 years old has a 4200 series gpu and the open source radeon drivers in
Debian Wheezy do not support acceleration. Debian team has recently made
the transition to the newer version of X which is not supported by the
older catalyst drivers IIUC. So to install a version of the "older"
catalyst drivers on debian that would run on wheezy I had to enable the
experimental repos. However with Fedora 17 that is not a problem and the
acceleration is enabled by default when installing the OS.
Overall, my experience with AMD drivers is that it is a pita with Debian.
With older versions of Fedora it was also a pita because I had to enable
the rawhide repos to install the catalyst drivers to get acceleration
which was not obvious unless you knew here to look for the info. In
addition the driver package provided by AMD would not install correctly on
f16. I haven't tried the AMD package with f17 as everything is working
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