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Intel Sandy Bridge On Fedora 15 Is Decent

Michael Larabel

Published on 28 May 2011
Written by Michael Larabel
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In using F15 updates-testing, it brought the 2.6.38.6-27.fc15.x86_64 kernel, xf86-video-intel 2.15.0 (instead of 2.14.0), Mesa 7.11-devel still (obviously), and was still with X.Org Server 1.10.1. These results are being delivered from the aforementioned Hewlett-Packard EliteBook 8460p.

Intel Sandy Bridge graphics should work fine under Fedora 15, just know that there are more performance optimizations to be found if you're after the best OpenGL performance from the low-power Intel integrated graphics. There might also be a performance issue related to GNOME Shell / Mutter, which is still being explored. What's important though is that when using Intel SNB "out of the box" on Fedora 15, everything is working and we weren't hitting any lock-ups or other problems like we have on other distributions.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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