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    Default Intel Linux Driver Kills The Netbook Experience

    Phoronix: Intel Linux Driver Kills The Netbook Experience

    As I alluded to earlier, I am out of the office this week. With me to Italy I took a Samsung NC10 that is loaded with an Intel Atom processor, Intel integrated graphics, an OCZ solid-state drive, and 2GB of DDR2 RAM...

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

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    Well this thread wasn't here when I started my post so I created this one:
    http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16582

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    Exclamation Widespread Regression

    This doesn't really have to do with Netbooks. This is a regression with a wide range of Intel graphics chips. The freezing issue seems to have cropped up around 4/3, but so far a fix has not been determined yet.

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    I'm surprised there is nothing about the freezing issue in the article.

    Maybe he didn't try to use UXA.. Because acceleration is stable, but awful, with the old EXA.. With UXA it crashes quite often.

    Though it has improved a bit. Earlier it froze whenever i changed a tab in firefox, always. Now it is a bit more random.
    Last edited by TobiasTheViking; 04-22-2009 at 04:29 AM.

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    I haven't had crashes with UXA, but it doesn't seem to resolve the freezing issue either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maccam94 View Post
    I haven't had crashes with UXA, but it doesn't seem to resolve the freezing issue either.
    Sorry, i meant freezing, not crashing, fixed my post

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    I left it as default and things were just fine. Ended up leaving it in Compiz as the acceleration was quite acceptable out of the box for my Dad. For just netbook type stuff I honestly did find it unusable and never had a single freezup.

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    You forgot to mention the good news:

    1) Ubuntu is Linux, but Linux is not Ubuntu.

    2) There are other Linux distros that don't couple their own release schedule to that of Gnome (meaning one doesn't have to wait until October to get Bold New Distro without apparently borked xf86-video-intel drivers)

    3) Just because something's six months old or so doesn't mean it completely stops working.

    That last one's a biggie. A novice Linux user won't be editing xorg.conf. They won't know about release cycles. They won't care so much about the latest-and-greatest .iso's to download. They'll probably get an Acer with Fedora 8 (er, Linpus), a Dell with Ubuntu 8.04.something, or an MSI with SLED.

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    Have a nice time here in Italy
    If you pass by Milan, I'll offer you a beer! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeoLinuX View Post
    Have a nice time here in Italy
    If you pass by Milan, I'll offer you a beer! :-)
    Thanks. On this trip I am just in Rome now and then heading down to Sorrento / Capri / Amalfi tomorrow. Maybe next time I'll be in Milan.


    Italians make great wine (and Limoncello!), but is there any Italian beers you would recommend? All of the ones I have encountered have been bad.

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