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Intel Updates Its -Testing Branch For, Well, Testing

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Published on 06 July 2012 07:34 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel
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Daniel Vetter has pushed out new -next and -testing branches for Intel's open-source Linux graphics DRM driver with a few highlights worth noting.

As mentioned on the mailing list, some of the key features include:

- RC6 power-savings and Turbo Boost support for Haswell, Intel's 2013 platform. As shared in a recent Phoronix article, with these latest changes, Intel Haswell Linux support should already be at parity to Ivy Bridge.

- GPU reset handling should be "rock-solid now" according to Intel developers.

- Support for Frame-buffer offsets greater than 4096 pixels for Intel "Gen4" hardware.

- A "Flush Me Harder" patch for Gen6+ (Sandy Bridge and newer) hardware.

- /dev/agpgart has now disappeared for Intel Sandy Bridge graphics processors and newer.

- Various other bug-fixes, code clean-ups, and minor enhancements. Most of the work comes down to getting Haswell ready for its debut next calendar year. Valley View support also appears about ready.

These DRM driver changes should be part of the Linux 3.6 kernel as soon as Linux 3.5 has been baked.

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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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