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Intel Reflects On Past Graphics Releases

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Published on 11 November 2008 10:37 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel
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Jesse Barnes, one of the developers within Intel's Open-Source Technology Center whose responsibilities largely deal with Intel's Linux graphics work, has shared some thoughts and statistics on past graphics-related releases. Jesse looked at the number of DRM commits to recent Linux kernel releases, a few thoughts on Mesa and xf86-video-intel releases, and the release history of the X Server.

With the DRM work, Jesse concludes "at a high level that would seem to indicate that we did a pretty poor job of keeping the upstream kernel up-to-date, at least until recently." This isn't too surprising considering Linus Torvalds had referred to Intel's initial GEM patches as untested crap and considering the amount of time it's taken for a GPU kernel memory manager to enter the mainline Linux kernel and that kernel mode-setting still hasn't entered the Linux kernel even though it's been around for many months now in varying stages.

The X Server release schedule has also been a mess with its time between releases varying greatly (need we mention X Server 1.4.1 Is Released, No Joke). Jesse proposes de-modularizing it by pulling the drivers back into the X Server module so that it will require driver developers to ensure the server is in a good shape, but of course that isn't a sentiment widely shared.

After checking out Jesse's blog post, you may also be interested in our articles on Contributors To The X Server and The People Behind Mesa.

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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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