Intel Still Hacking On Atomic Mode-Setting / Flipping
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 13 December 2012 at 03:52 AM EST. Add A Comment
While it might be too late to make the Linux 3.8 kernel merge window, released on Wednesday were the latest patches for the ongoing work by Intel open-source developers and others to enact atomic mode-setting and page-flipping.

Ville Syrjala of Intel did another patch bombing today of 81 patches for providing the Intel atomic mode-setting and page-flipping support. The mailing list message for this latest round of patches begins with "Another month, another massive atomic patchset." Ville is also getting anxious about getting the code merged. "Seeing as my schedule isn't getting any less busy in the forseeable future, it would be nice to get this monster merged sooner rather than never."

This latest revision to the atomic mode-setting / page-flipping patches mostly deal with just handling the Intel driver's recent mode-setting code rework and other minor changes, but nothing too significant. Aside from the mailing list, the patches can also be checked via the Gitorious repository.

For those unfamiliar with the atomic mode-setting work being done by Intel, see Intel OTC Still Playing With Atomic Mode-Setting and Atomic Mode-Setting Still Being Enriched, among other Phoronix articles. This code has been a work-in-progress already for several months.

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