Eric Anholt Talks About Intel Driver Changes
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 22 October 2008 at 07:10 AM EDT. 3 Comments
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Last week was a major milestone for the Intel X.Org developers with GEM entering the mainline kernel and the xf86-video-intel 2.5.0 driver then subsequently being released on Monday. While these developers have accomplished a lot, there is still a lot of work ahead. Intel's Eric Anholt has commented on his blog about some of the recent work and what's still to come in the near future.

Eric mentions that vblank handling improvements were accomplished last week along with addressing VT switching bugs. The next high priority item to be addressed though is with batch-buffers failing due to large sizes. When not using GEM this issue has been addressed, but right now if you're using this kernel memory manager you can run into issues that result in an error message and no rendering when a batch-buffer is too large and can't be allocated.

The Intel developers have also changed about their procedures in which they submit patches (back to attaching patches and not Git trees to pull from), in order to foster more code review.

Eric's blog post about Intel graphics on Linux can be read here.
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