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Libdrm 2.4.48 Has New Hardware Support

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Published on 17 November 2013 08:34 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa
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Libdrm, the DRM library that interfaces between the user-space graphics components (namely Mesa and the X.Org drivers) with the Linux kernel DRM drivers, is now up to version 2.4.48. Big with libdrm 2.4.48 is Intel "Broadwell" and AMD Radeon "Hawaii" GPU support.

Libdrm 2.4.48 features AMD Hawaii GPU support for the Radeon R9 290 series and other upcoming graphics processors on the latest GCN revision. Having Hawaii support also requires the latest Git version of the xf86-video-ati DDX and enabling the xorg.conf acceleration option, the latest Mesa Git, LLVM 3.4 SVN, and the Linux 3.13 kernel.

Newly supported in libdrm 2.4.48 is also Intel Broadwell graphics support, the 2014 successor to Haswell. Broadwell graphics are very exciting according to the developer comments and we look forward to its arrival in a few months. Intel Broadwell Linux GPU support also requires the Linux 3.13 kernel (though will be much better in Linux 3.14), the Mesa Git branch for Broadwell, and xf86-video-intel Git.

The only other change worth mentioning with the libdrm 2.4.48 release is support for the GPU reset status query ioctl for Intel hardware.

More details on the new DRM library release can be found via the dri-devel release announcement.

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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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