1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

The Gallium3D Intel 965 Driver Gets Dropped

Intel

Published on 29 November 2011 11:53 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel
15 Comments

The Mesa Gallium3D driver for the Intel 965 IGP series and newer (the "i965g" driver) has been deleted from mainline Mesa.

The removal of these 32,000+ lines of code from Mesa for this Intel Gallium3D driver come sine the i965g driver barely worked and there's no active stakeholders interested in the driver. The i965g driver also doesn't support the latest Intel hardware like Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge.

The i965g driver was largely worked on previously by (Tungsten Graphics) VMware and community members. Intel has never officially supported the Gallium3D bandwagon. Having this driver in mainline Mesa just adds a maintenance burden when Gallium3D developers are working on architectural changes, etc.

Meanwhile, the "i915g" driver is still around for pre-965 Intel integrated graphics processors. This driver is at least actively worked on (thanks in large part due to Google and their interest of this unofficial driver for Chrome OS) and works fairly well on the supported ASICs, including the i945 IGP common to early generations of netbooks. The Intel 915 Gallium3D driver also performs well, but the i965g driver just never made it as far.

It's possible down the road that someone may pick-up work on this driver again and return it to mainline Mesa, but there's no active interest at the moment and Intel isn't yet backing any Gallium3D driver.

The i965g driver was dropped via this Git commit. The official "i965" classic Mesa DRI driver is not affected in any way by this action.

About The Author
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 .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. AMD Launches New FX CPUs, Cuts Prices On Existing Processors
  2. Preview: AMD's FX-9590 Eight-Core At Up To 5.0GHz On Linux
  3. Intel Launches The Core i7 5960X, Mighty Powerful Haswell-E CPUs
  4. AMD Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Ondemand vs. Performance CPU Governing For AMD FX CPUs On Linux 3.17
  2. How Intel Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA Drivers
  3. The Fastest NVIDIA GPUs For Open-Source Nouveau With Steam Linux Gaming
  4. Testing For The Latest Linux Kernel Power Regression
Latest Linux News
  1. The Witcher 2 Ups The Performance More & Works Around Catalyst Bug
  2. Running Gallium3D's LLVMpipe On The Eight-Core 5GHz CPU
  3. Trying Intel OpenCL On Linux For Video Encoding
  4. GSoC 2014 Yielded Some Improvements For Mesa/X.Org This Year
  5. webOS Lives On As LuneOS With New Release
  6. Marek Lands Radeon Gallium3D HyperZ Improvements
  7. Mozilla Firefox 32 Surfaces With HTML5, Developer Changes
  8. Nouveau X.Org Driver Released With DRI3+Present, Maxwell, GLAMOR
  9. Microsoft & AMD Release C++ AMP Compiler With Linux Support
  10. AMD, Wine & Valve Dominated August For Linux Users
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Lennart Poettering Talks Up His New Linux Vision That Involves Btrfs
  2. nv and xorg.conf under Debian PPC
  3. AMD graphics doesn't work with AMD Catalyst drivers
  4. Best Radeon for a Power Mac G5?
  5. The dangers of Linux kernel development
  6. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  7. AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs
  8. SSD seems slow