It's been an interesting past few months in the Linux graphics world, but to mark the end of four months of development, Carl Worth on the behalf of the Intel Open-Source Technology Center has announced the release of an updated DDX driver. This new Intel driver is, of course, xf86-video-intel 2.8.0.
This updated 2D driver drops EXA and DRI1 support
in favor of only supporting UXA
, respectively. We talked about these fundamental changes to the Intel Linux driver on Phoronix last week
Beyond killing off these code paths that Intel no longer wants to support, VLD support added into XvMC for MPEG2, which helps with lowering the CPU usage during video playback. XvMC
though is still not nearly as good as VDPAU
There are quite a number of bug-fixes and other improvements to the xf86-video-intel 2.8.0 driver, which are all documented in the mailing list release announcement
. Now let's see what Intel can come up with for the xf86-video-intel 2.9 display driver.