AMD Catalyst 10.2 For Linux Gets Direct2D
While it will not be officially announced with Catalyst 10.2, the Catalyst Linux driver has received a new 2D acceleration architecture. However, as this was made public via an independent post in our forums, we can confirm that AMD has developed a new 2D acceleration method. Tests though we conducted internally using early builds of this new 2D acceleration method proved to be rather problematic. Once this 2D support is improved upon it will likely be switched on by default and then officially announced.
Originally Posted by dgrafenhofer View Post
If you are laptop user like me, the still prevalent lack of (well working) powersaving features of the OS drivers reminds you every day of fglrx...
I got a laptop, just not one with an overkill of a GPU, because you know, I want a portable laptop that's not a mobile furnace.
Anyway, the driver does not work with KDE4 desktop effects; guess they never fixed the issue. Enabeling the effects causes a black screen (system remains responsive though, so you can still exit to a console just fine). I expect the issues with Compiz are there too. Driver also has the "new" 2D accel. method, though it's still very buggy and slow in this driver revision to be of any practical use. If you still want to try it out, as root:
... and restart X. To revert to old method:
At least packaging for Karmic works now.