AMDGPU-PRO is updated with support for the latest versions of Ubuntu


The AMD graphics card driver is updated with support for the latest versions of Ubuntu. The driver from this company is called AMDGPU-PRO, a slightly strange name but created expressly for Gnu / Linux distributions and its adaptation to the Linus Torvalds kernel. AMDGPU-PRO is not required for graphics to work properly in Ubuntu but Yes, it is mandatory to have it if we want to use technologies such as Vulkan or Unity (graphic engine).

This driver has been updated to version 18.30, a version that not only incorporates support for the latest AMD graphics cards but also incorporates support for the latest versions of the most popular Linux distributions, including Ubuntu 18.04.1 and Ubuntu 16.04.5.

In the driver notes we can find exhaustive information about the changes and the supported hardware, although if we have old hardware, this new version will almost certainly work with it. The installation of this driver is very simple.

First of all we have to get the AMDGPU-PRO package in relation to our version of Ubuntu. Once we have this package, we unzip it in our home. Now we open a terminal inside the folder and created and execute the following code:

./amdgpu-install -y

This will begin the installation of the driver in our Ubuntu, it will also install the dependencies that are necessary from the Ubuntu repositories. Remember that the installation of this driver is optional.

I do not have it installed on my computer since it works with the standard driver but in case of using tools such as Vulkan or Steam, I will have the obligation to install it for correct operation. Do not forget that what has happened and is happening with drivers related to graphics cards, especially cardholders with the Nvidia chipset.

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