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AMD 8.41 Display Driver Preview

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For months now Linux users have been battered with driver releases that have really equated to be nothing more than maintenance releases. These releases have just fixed a small number of bugs and in some cases, the driver did more harm than good if you were plagued by the watermark issue, broken X-Video playback support, or one of the other problems. Throughout this time the driver continued with its performance imbalance and no AIGLX support for Beryl and Compiz, which had even led us to dubbing the 8.40.4 driver the "One Bug A Day Keeps AIGLX Away" release. At the same time we've been telling you that AMD has been working steadfast to deliver a brand new Linux driver later in the year.

While many thought this day would never come or that it was some form of propaganda, it's coming and it's coming this month. The AMD fglrx 8.41 driver features a brand new underlying code-base that has been under development for well over a year. At Phoronix we have literally spent hundreds of hours using and testing this new driver, and to say the least it is truly a new experience on the ATI Linux front.

Four of our articles today are looking at the new fglrx driver while the fifth one is looking at what's possibly coming down the pipeline soon. In this article, we will just be sharing the facts about this new driver and what exactly you can expect to see. In the other articles today we will be looking at the performance in the Radeon X800 "R400", Radeon X1000 "R500", and Radeon HD 2000 "R600" series.

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