Radeon Software For Linux 22.20 driver now supports Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and RHEL 9.0
Radeon Software For Linux 22.20 driver now supports Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and RHEL 9.0.
For Linux users with consumer models of Radeon GPUs, the driver update frequency is a far cry from Windows, and the “Radeon Software for Linux” packaged driver version has been stuck on the 22.10 series since the end of March.
And for AMD Radeon PRO professional/workstation graphics cards, the official “Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise on Linux” driver is still version 21.Q4 from last December.
Now, though, AMD appears to be finally ready to release a “22.20” packaged driver as the next functional release of this packaged AMD Linux driver stack for those who don’t just rely on the upstream kernel and Mesa.
The driver versions packaged by Radeon Software for Linux are mainly aimed at enterprise/professional users running enterprise Linux distributions such as SUSE, Ubuntu and RHEL/CentOS.
Unless OpenCL/ROCm is required or there are workloads where a proprietary Vulkan driver performs better, gamers and others running cutting edge Linux distributions are usually best off running only those upstream Linux kernel/Mesa components for best support.
It’s been a while since the last packaged Radeon Linux driver update, and now 22.20 has been uploaded to the AMD package archive.
Although AMD has not officially announced the 22.20 driver, it appeared today at repo.radeon.com, and binary installers for the package are available.
Since AMD.com has yet to make an announcement, official release notes have yet to be published detailing all the changes in this new packaged Linux driver release.
But most notably, when going through the Radeon repository, there is now an entry for Jammy that has caught the attention of desktop users, which means Ubuntu 22.04 LTS will now be supported.
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS was released back in April, but AMD didn’t make a move for two months, and now as we’re heading into July, it looks like they’ll have their official Ubuntu 22.04 support ready.
Likewise, the new 22.20 package is the first on the RHEL side to support Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.0. RHEL 9.0 reached a generally available refill in May.
On the SUSE side, the recently released SUSE Enterprise Linux 15 SP4 is now supported as well.
So at least enterprise Linux distributions will be supported by this upcoming 22.20 series of packaged Linux drivers, just waiting for the official release on AMD.com, 22.20 packages can be downloaded from repo.radeon.com before the official release download.