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    Phoronix: New Test Release Of Intel X.Org 2.7 Driver

    We are now into the second quarter of 2009, but Intel will soon release its X.Org driver for Q1'09. While late, the xf86-video-intel 2.7.0 driver update SDVO-TV support, basic SDVO-LVDS support, tear-free X-Video support, and many bugs have been fixed. Just before calling it a week, Carl Worth released the third release candidate for the xf86-video-intel 2.7.0 (version 2.6.99.903)...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzE5OQ

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    Awesome!

    It's simply awesome what the intel guys achived thru their hard work on the driver.
    In the last months all pieces (driver, drm, mesa, x.org) came together and lead to kms and dri2. Its simply fantastic - my good 'ol i915 never ran so fine with compiz.. no problems with videos, openGL content, games, anymore - its just great!

    And if you've problems, the developers answer your questions quickly on their irc channel - yes, I became a real intel fanboy, just because of their graphic driver developers^^

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    • #3
      Did they ever get tear-free DRI2 working?

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      • #4
        @wswartzendruber: Have a look at the mailing list announcement: this is one of the bugs they have fixed.

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        • #5
          Any chance these fixes will be in Ubuntu 9.04? Highly doubtful, I know, but there's always hope, right?

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          • #6
            SDVO?!

            Am I the only one wondering what SDVO stands for?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by djtm View Post
              Am I the only one wondering what SDVO stands for?
              It takes less than 2.5 seconds to go look it up, so it's likely...

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              • #8
                I guess I assumed an article writing about it might mention what it actually *is*, to save me the googling:
                "Serial Digital Video Out) is a proprietary Intel technology introduced with their 9xx-series of motherboard chipsets." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SDVO)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mutlu_inek View Post
                  @wswartzendruber: Have a look at the mailing list announcement: this is one of the bugs they have fixed.
                  I've seen lots of stuff about no more tearing with Xv, but not DRI2.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jblackhall View Post
                    Any chance these fixes will be in Ubuntu 9.04? Highly doubtful, I know, but there's always hope, right?
                    I doubt it too, but they really should consider it. The performance improvements from 2.6 are enormous.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by FieserKiller View Post
                      It's simply awesome what the intel guys achived thru their hard work on the driver.
                      Well, I wouldn't call myself a fanboy, but I'm impressed by the great support they provide (e.g. via bugzilla).



                      Speaking of 2.7 test release:

                      Using 2.6.29 + drm-intel-2.6.29, mesa 7.4.1 (from git) and that 2.7-rc3 with DRI2+KMS I could see performance improvements (really, gdm starts much faster and doesn't need 4 seconds to draw any more).

                      Anyway, for all of you who build mesa 7.4 themselves: I'd recommend to cherry pick commit afc4f7a6ffddc2778b3025c9618c27c6799a3f22 which gets rid of the transparency problems (wrong alpha) with compiz.

                      Don't know if that commit can introduce problems though - for me it doesn't.



                      Have fun...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kxmas View Post
                        I doubt it too, but they really should consider it. The performance improvements from 2.6 are enormous.
                        Maybe a Phoronix article with benchmarks would help in convince Canonical...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kxmas View Post
                          I doubt it too, but they really should consider it. The performance improvements from 2.6 are enormous.
                          How big is "enormous"? My 915 becomes unusable as soon as I have a transparent terminal window open, so any improvement's a good one.

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                          • #14
                            I already get tear-free XVideo with the intel driver on my netbook:
                            Code:
                            $ mplayer -vo xv:adaptor=1
                            I don't understand what it's all about, but xvinfo says adaptor 0 is "Intel(R) Textured Video" and adaptor 1 is "Intel(R) Video Overlay".

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                            • #15
                              The overlay video is useless for compiz and probably compositing managers in general, so textured video is the way to go - and it does work (gentoo-sources-2.6.29-r1, mesa-7.4, intel-9999-pre_27 (2.6.99.902 just as well)).

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