Linux News Today: AMDGPU-PRO Driver 16.30 Officially Released with Support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Today, June 29, 2016, AMD released the final version of the AMDGPU-Pro 16.30 graphics driver for GNU/Linux operating systems, bringing support for new technologies like the Vulkan API.
While AMD says that the drive is available for Linux kernel-based operating systems, from the release notes we can see that only Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) is supported at this time. However, that shouldn’t stop maintainer of other distributions to incorporate the new AMDGPU-PRO drive on their systems.
We already had a quick chat with Ikey Doherty, just a few minutes ago, and he told us that the AMDGPU-PRO 16.30 graphics drive should be available soon in the Solus operating system. Also, please note that this driver from AMD is compatible only with 64-bit OSes and newer graphics cards like AMD Radeon RX 480 and the R9 series.
Highlights of AMDGPU-PRO 16.30
Release highlights of the AMDGPU-PRO 16.30 graphics driver include support for the OpenGL 4.5, GLX 1.4, OpenCL 1.2, Vulkan 1.0, VDPAU (Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix) APIs, along with Vulkan support for the Dota 2 game, as well as basic display and power management features.
Additionally, the video driver comes with built-in support for the ADF (Atomic Display Framework) and KMS (Kernel Mode Setting) technologies, a GPL-compliant kernel module, and Debian packages that have been tested only on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system.
There are, however, some known limitations for this version, such as minor details corruptions with the Dying Light and F1 2015 games, and some small issues with the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X and AMD Radeon R9 M395X graphics cards. Download the AMDGPU-PRO 16.30 graphics driver right now via our website and make sure that you read the release notes in full for any question you might have.