Intel Sends First Batch Of Changes To DRM-Next For Linux 4.12: 550+ Patches
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 7 March 2017 at 06:44 AM EST. 12 Comments
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Intel is off to the races in preparing their new feature material work they plan to have introduced for the Linux 4.12 kernel, even though Linux 4.11-rc1 was just introduced on Monday and thus still nearly two months until the 4.12 merge window.

With Intel's first drm-intel-next pull request as well as the drm-misc code updates also sent in by Intel DRM maintainer Daniel Vetter, there are already over 550 patches queued up for this next kernel cycle! Looks like Linux 4.12 could be big on the DRM front especially as Intel will have more pull requests, AMD might have DC/DAL and even Vega for 4.12, and Nouveau will have the newly-published Pascal acceleration code.

Within this first Intel DRM-Next pull request are more atomic improvements, GPU reset improvements, atomic mode-setting being enabled by default for Ironlake hardware and newer, some power management improvements, continued work on Geminilake enablement that was first introduced in Linux 4.11, context switching improvements, and a range of other low-level code improvements.

A listing of these initial Intel DRM changes for Linux 4.12 can be found via this pull request.

There is also drm-misc-next sent in this week with some VC4 improvements, extended frame-buffer fbdev support, and a range of other common code Direct Rendering Manager code improvements.
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