Advanced Micro Devices announced last night (August 17th) a new version of its versatile ATI Catalyst proprietary Linux display driver,
for both x86 and x86_64 architectures. The ATI Catalyst 9.8 suite updates the software to version 8.64 and brings support for Linux kernel versions of the 2.6.29 and 2.6.30 branches.
This new version of the ATI driver for Linux systems comes right after 25 days from the ATI Catalyst 9.7, which brought support for RedFlag DT 7.0 Linux distribution. Even if the Linux kernels 2.6.29 and 2.6.30 were released back in March 2009 and June 2009, respectively, it is only now that AMD added support for both branches in ATI Catalyst 9.8. However, AMD should prepare support for the upcoming Linux kernel 2.6.31, which will be the default kernel for major distributions, such as Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala).