Fedora 7 Installation Guide

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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.

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.

"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 prioritising cosmetic changes over functional aspects. Whilst packages are a 'nice to have', basic functionality is far more critical. As a result, ATI has lost substantial revenue to their rival's, NVIDIA, as value-added resellers and consultants cannot recommend ATI-based products in cross-OS environments.