Friday, April 24. 2009
Just tried to upgrade to Kubuntu Jaunty from Intrepid and recognized that my 3 years old notebook is too old to be worth for ATI to be supported.
Jaunty comes with a new XServer and needs the FGLRX 9.4 drivers from ATI. However ATI stopped support for several older cards as discussed in the Ubuntu Forums. There are even some never cards affected, so in case you wish to upgrade, first make sure that FGLRX 9.4 supports your chipset.
Unfortunately the Open Source radeon driver is - in my case - way too instable to work with. I had complete X server crashes after just a couple of minutes each time I've booted.
OK... ATI has the right to support what they want. But what makes me really angry is that you have to enter your chipset in order to download the driver, and when entering Radoen Mobility X700 I get the 9.3 driver. Then you can look into the release notes that are referenced on this page. The file name is catalyst_93_linux.pdf. However at the beginning it says:
This release note provides information on the latest posting of AMD’s Proprietary Linux
driver. This particular driver updates the software version to 8.593.
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