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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Wed, 09 Oct 2013

AMD releases Catalyst 13.11 beta driver for Linux

The releases are popping out of AMD in hot/heavy fashion. Just about a week after the proprietary AMD Catalyst 13.10 beta video driver for Linux was released, today AMD's Web site is pushing the 13.11 beta.

Notable in this release is the addition of these GPUs:


AMD Radeon™ R9 280X
AMD Radeon™ R9 270X
AMD Radeon™ R7 260X
AMD Radeon™ R7 250
AMD Radeon™ R7 240

No mention in any of the betas since 13.6 of fixing suspend/resume for the AMD Radeon HD 7400G Series, under which my 7420G chip falls.

I'm not sure what code RPM Fusion shipped today, but I did have an akmod-catalyst update for the 3.11.3 kernel. I installed, verified that the driver worked, then performed my customary suspend/resume test, which failed again, as it has done for all releases since the 13.6 beta.

Baby steps, I guess.