If you have an AMD GPU, install the latest Radeon software for the best performance on your Linux computer.

AMD recently released its Radeon Software for Linux 21.20 drivers. It offers two different components that to open Variant for consumer grade cards and the professional Variant for users of Radeon Pro products.

If you are a Linux gamer or use AMD GPUs to power your display, you may want to update your Radeon software to this latest version.

What's in Radeon Software for Linux 21.20?

In addition to SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP3, the 21.20 driver adds official AMD support for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and CentOS version 8.4 systems. Official packages have been made available for Ubuntu 04/18/5, Ubuntu 04/20 LTS, RHEL / CentOS 7.9, RHEL / CentOS 8.4, and SUSE Linux 15 SP3.

You can get the required driver for your system from AMD's publications page. Make sure you download the correct packages before upgrading with the current upstream.

Download: Radeon software

How to install the Radeon software for Linux 21.20

After you've downloaded the correct driver package for your distribution, extract it to the file system. You can extract archives on Linux using the tar command.

# Replace the package name according to your distribution
tar -xf amdgpu-pro-21.20-1271047-ubuntu-20.04.tar

Now switch to the extracted folder and run the following script to install the Open variant. You will need this if you are installing Radeon software for gaming on Linux.

./amdgpu-install -y

The -y Option does not run the script interactively. Once the script finishes, restart your system.

However, if you are using AMD Pro products, you will need to install the Pro variant of this driver. Run the following script to install the Pro stack.

./amdgpu-pro-install -y

This script installs the base kernel, accelerated graphics, Mesa Multimedia, Pro OpenGL and Pro Vulkan components. Use the following command when you want to install the optional OpenCL component.

./amdgpu-pro-install -y –opencl = rocr, legacy

This command specifies to install both the legacy and ROCr implementations of OpenCL. Once the script finishes, restart your system for the changes to take effect.

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Update AMD drivers for gaming on Linux

The Radeon Software for Linux 21.20 includes all the components you need to play games on your AMD card or create content. You can also install the driver in headless mode if you are using the GPU for non-gaming tasks like mining crypto or performing heterogeneous computations.

But what if you use an Nvidia card instead of AMD? Fortunately, installing the required Nvidia drivers is just as easy as it is with AMD.

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