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The Status Of DRI2, GEM, KMS, Etc...

X.Org

Published on 21 July 2008 10:03 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org
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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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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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