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Unfortunaly, the previous ATI driver (8.37.6), nor the current ATI driver (8.38.6), or even the hotfix (8.38.7) are compatible with the X server in the FC7 distribution.
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Now after the newest ATI catalyst release (8.39.4), fglrx module can be installed on new Xorg (7.2), Unfortunaly, the previous ATI driver (8.37.6), nor the latter one (8.38.6), or even the hotfix (8.38.7) were compatible with the X server in the FC7 distribution.
  
As pointed out at Phoronix.com, the latest release (8.38.6) has very little changes and completely ignored Fedora 7 users who have waited over a month for a functional driver.
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As pointed out at Phoronix.com, the latest release (8.39.4) has very little changes and completely ignored Fedora 7 users who have waited over a month for a functional driver.
  
 
"The AMD 8.38.6 display driver had introduced Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 packaging support along with fixing a few bugs, but the driver was one of the least interesting releases in recent times."
 
"The AMD 8.38.6 display driver had introduced Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 packaging support along with fixing a few bugs, but the driver was one of the least interesting releases in recent times."
 
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=764&num=1
 
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=764&num=1
  
Given that this release focuses on packaging support, ATI are still prioritising cosmetic changes over functional aspects.  Whilst packages are a 'nice to have', basic functionality is far more critical.
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Given that this release focuses on packaging support, ATI are still prioritizing cosmetic changes over functional aspects.  Whilst packages are a 'nice to have', basic functionality is far more critical.
 
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However there exists a [http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=156961 workaround]. You can get the driver working by installing an older version of the X server which is compatible with the current ATI driver and then compiling the driver. The disadvantages are obvious: No updates for the X server, bugs and security holes of the old X version remain unfixed. Further you could break package dependencies and block updates of other packages. Although there's a step by step howto you could get into serious trouble if you do not understand what you are doing.
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Revision as of 02:11, 31 July 2007

Now after the newest ATI catalyst release (8.39.4), fglrx module can be installed on new Xorg (7.2), Unfortunaly, the previous ATI driver (8.37.6), nor the latter one (8.38.6), or even the hotfix (8.38.7) were compatible with the X server in the FC7 distribution.

As pointed out at Phoronix.com, the latest release (8.39.4) has very little changes and completely ignored Fedora 7 users who have waited over a month for a functional driver.

"The AMD 8.38.6 display driver had introduced Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 packaging support along with fixing a few bugs, but the driver was one of the least interesting releases in recent times." http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=764&num=1

Given that this release focuses on packaging support, ATI are still prioritizing cosmetic changes over functional aspects. Whilst packages are a 'nice to have', basic functionality is far more critical.