AMD Catalyst 7.12 Linux Driver
It's that time of the month again where we get to share with you all of the details on the latest ATI/AMD Linux driver release. This month, the ATI Catalyst 7.12 Linux driver (formally, what is known as fglrx 8.44) brings a host of new changes, mostly in the form of bug fixes. In total, there are just under a dozen noteworthy bug fixes in this release -- including addressing 3D acceleration issues on AGP graphics cards and the well-known OpenGL memory leak that was introduced with the new driver code-base. In addition, the FireGL graphics cards are now supported on this new driver code-base.
One of the largest problems that have continued with fglrx 8.41, 8.42, and 8.43 drivers has been a memory leak. This issue has affected a variety of ATI Linux users and was summarized by Hakan Bayindir in ATI's New Drivers: Did The Paradise Come? This OpenGL memory leak has also been brought up in the Phoronix Forums with the driver leaking globs of memory and being hoped for as a fix for Catalyst 7.12. Fortunately, the AMD software engineers have addressed the OpenGL memory leak in Catalyst 7.12, so be sure to upgrade.