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GEM Patches Submitted For Linux 2.6.28-rc1

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Published on 16 October 2008 08:21 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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Earlier this month we shared that Intel's GEM would be in Linux 2.6.28 and today the patches that add this have been submitted to Linus Torvalds for inclusion into the Linux 2.6.28-rc1 kernel. GEM, the Graphics Execution Manager, is the kernel memory manager for graphics drivers on Linux that replaced Tungsten's TTM in Intel's driver and it's beginning to appear elsewhere.

Red Hat's David Airlie have submitted the patches that add the Intel GEM memory manager to the kernel's DRM (Direct Rendering Manager). Additionally, these patches contain a vblank rework, Intel OpRegion support, and Radeon DRM updates. The OpRegion patches make it possible to use video-related hotkeys with systems using Intel integrated graphics. With the Radeon improvements there are a few fixes, RS400 support, RS740 IGP support, and other work.

The git link, patch change-log, and announcement can be found on the DRM mailing list.

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