The Status Of DRI2, GEM, KMS, Etc...
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 21 July 2008 at 10:03 PM EDT. 6 Comments
Later this week at OSCON 2008, Intel's Keith Packard will be talking about the Linux desktop when it comes to X.Org, Mesa, and related areas. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the talk will be that technical (unless of course you haven't been staying up to date on our graphics articles), but today he has provided an in-depth blog posting. In this post, Keith provided his take on the current status of X when it comes to output technologies.

In Keith's blog post he covers output hot-plugging, initial mode selection, kernel mode-setting, the Graphics Execution Manager, Composite Acceleration, and DRI2. From the post, Keith seems confident that GEM (Intel's answer to the TTM for GPU memory management in the kernel) will be merged into the kernel in the coming weeks, there is now improved Composite acceleration, and DRI2 with GEM may work in the near future.

For all of the details, visit Keith's blog. Should Keith say anything especially interesting during his OSCON talk on Wednesday (or responds to heated questions), we'll be sharing the information.

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