Update: If you are using kernel 3.17, see the next post in this series for installation instructions; a patch is required!
Good news, everyone! The new Catalyst 14.9 driver for Linux installs on Fedora 20 using the latest kernel (3.16.3-200 at the time of writing) without the need for any patching. Simply download and execute the installation package amd-driver-installer-14.301.1001-x86.x86_64.run.
[UPDATE] When choosing an installation method in the installation GUI, you should choose “Install Driver 14.301.1001 on X.Org 6.9 or later 64-bit” rather than “Generate Distribution Specific Driver Package (Recommended).”
Of course, one must still meet the necessary prerequisites and, as far as I know (I haven’t tested yet), one still must remove the GNOME desktop environment as described in the previous post which describes the installation process for the Catalyst 14.4 driver.
And there’s additional good news! It appears the performance regression I was observing for my A10-6800k APU when moving from the 14.4 RC to the final 14.4 driver has been resolved. Benchmarks for my system with the 14.9 driver look good:
Unigine Heaven v4.0 @ 1920×1080: 6.19 fps
Unigine Heaven v4.0 @ 1600×900: 8.62 fps
Unigine Tropics v1.3 @ 1920×1080: 30.54 fps
Unigine Tropics v1.3 @ 1600×900: 39.01 fps
Fantastic! No more need to stick with the old 14.4 RC for my APU. Let me know if you have problems with 14.9 which I haven’t covered!