The latest AMDGPU drivers launched from AMD only a few short days ago bringing changes like FreeSync support and additional support for mobile chipsets as well as the obvious performance improvements.
Like the previous versions of the proprietary AMDGPU driver, only “Enterprise Grade” distributions are supported, so you won’t find official Ubuntu 16.10 support just yet. Ubuntu 16.04 is continuing to be supported, and that will be the target of this guide.
Getting The Packages
AMD has provided the packages required for the install in a tarball. The reason for a tarball of
.deb packages instead of the
.run installer of previous AMD drivers is that AMDGPU-PRO functions by providing its own custom versions of key pieces of software needed for the drivers to function properly.
AMDGPU-PRO is build ton the open source AMDGPU drivers, and just like those drivers, requires newer versions of Mesa, DRM, and the Kernel. To ensure that these requirements are met, they are provided.
You can get the tarball one of two ways. If you prefer to use your browser, go to AMD’s website and download the drivers and untar them with your graphical archive manager of choice.
If you’d prefer to use the command line,
wget the package directly and untar it from the command line.
$ cd ~/Downloads
$ wget https://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/ubuntu/amdgpu-pro-16.50-362463.tar.xz
$ tar -xJvf amdgpu-pro_16.50-362463.tar.xz