catalyst 11.9 still doesn't work with gnome-shell!

29 Sep 2011 at 00:00:00 - 10 comment(s)

Gnome 3.0 was released on the 6th of April 2011. At the time I write this post, Gnome 3.2 has been released, we are on the 29th of September. Guess what, they have just released catalyst 11.9. I have tried it and gnome-shell still doesn't work properly!! Are they testing their driver goddammit?!

So what is the problem exactly? On the 4th of April, a bug was reported here ( That is not an official AMD bug tracker but hey, where the heck is the AMD bug tracker for their linux driver? So better than nothing. On top of everything this bug tracker is actually given on the ATI Catalyst download page in the "Helpful links" section. This bug is about "Graphical corruption" with gnome-shell. Plenty of issues there.

AMD said in the bug report I gave above that they noticed the problem on the 10th of August and it was fixed within 2 days but that's utter lie! There is a reply from "John Bridgman" on the 7th of June so they were aware of it earlier. And let me ask you this, why don't they test their driver on the major desktop environment such as Gnome, KDE and xfce?! They would notice straight away it's super buggy.

Anyway they said it's fixed, they released catalyst 11.9 in which the fix is. Is it fixed? No!! I have to admit the top bar is no longer a "rainbow" bar but animations are slow, it's all sluggish, performance is poor, there is screen flickering. My session on gnome-shell lasted 3mn at max then screen went black.

Don't tell me to use the open source driver, the open source driver doesn't support OpenCL and I need OpenCL!

So please AMD, make an emergency release and fix your driver so it works flawlessly with gnome-shell and in the future, test your driver on the major desktop environment and don't say you've fixed something when you definitely haven't.

I am now going to use the "Linux Crew Driver Feedback" given in the "Helpful Links" section I mentioned earlier. I suggest you do the same.


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