1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Ubuntu 10.04 To Hang Onto Old Intel Driver

Intel

Published on 09 March 2010 04:54 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel
10 Comments

When it comes to Intel's X.Org driver for Linux, xf86-video-intel, the most recent release was version 2.10 and it arrived in early January complete with Pineview (their next-generation Intel Atom systems) support, X-Video improvements, and various other features. The xf86-video-intel 2.11 driver is now emerging as their next quarterly update that brings in the KMS page-flipping and DRI2 swap events support. However, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, which is set to be released in April, will not be shipping with either of these drivers. Instead Canonical has decided to stick with the xf86-video-intel 2.9 driver that was released last September.

It's been in limbo for a while now whether Ubuntu 10.04 (the "Lucid Lynx") should ship with the xf86-video-intel 2.9 or 2.10 driver, but Bryce Harrington has announced this afternoon their decision. The Lucid Lynx will be running with the xf86-video-intel 2.9 driver. In addition, similar to what they are doing with selectively back-porting their DRM to run on an older kernel, they plan to back-port some of the patches from the 2.10 and 2.11 DDX releases back into their Intel 2.9 driver.

The decision to stick with this aging release is based on the fact that Intel stripped out user-space mode-setting (UMS) support from the xf86-video-intel 2.10 driver and that leaves this X.Org driver to only supporting kernel mode-setting. Kernel mode-setting is certainly superior to the old user-space mode-setting and KMS is where all the X.Org drivers are moving to, but there are a few caveats with Intel's support. At this time there's reports of some Ubuntu users with the very old Intel 8xx series IGPs running into KMS problems or quirks not being handled correctly with these newer code paths.

With Ubuntu 10.04 being a Long-Term Support (LTS) release, Canonical is just going to stick with Lucid Lynx being the last release where Intel user-space mode-setting is supported, albeit for most Intel users you will still be greeted by a KMS experience, just with an older driver and many back-ported patches. This decision was shared on the ubuntu-x mailing list.

About The Author
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 .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Intel Launches The Core i7 5960X, Mighty Powerful Haswell-E CPUs
  2. AMD Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers
  3. AMD Radeon R9 290 Open-Source Driver Works, But Has A Ways To Go
  4. Trying The Configurable 45 Watt TDP With AMD's A10-7800 / A6-7400K
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Testing For The Latest Linux Kernel Power Regression
  2. The Most Energy Efficient Radeon GPU For AMD Linux Gaming
  3. 20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming
  4. Preview: OS X 10.10 Yosemite vs. Ubuntu Linux GPU Performance
Latest Linux News
  1. LibreOffice Ported To 64-bit ARM (AArch64)
  2. Enlightenment E19 RC3 Shows Off The New Wayland Compositor
  3. Metro Redux Is Going To Require OpenGL 4.x On Linux
  4. Jailhouse v0.1 Released As A Basic Hypervisor For Linux
  5. Google's Chromebook "Samus" Now Supported By Coreboot
  6. Chrome 38 Now In Beta With Exciting Advancements
  7. Ubuntu's Utopic Unicorn 14.10 Beta 1 Released
  8. Genode OS 14.08 Has New GUI Architecture, Pluggable VFS
  9. Another Intel Linux Power Regression Is Being Investigated
  10. DNF Makes It A Step Closer To Replacing Yum On Fedora
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  2. Canonical Joined The Khronos Group To Help Mir/Wayland Drivers
  3. Users defect to Linux as OpenBSD removes Lynx from base system
  4. Radeon HD5670 and Ubuntu 14.04
  5. AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs
  6. Best Radeon for a Power Mac G5?
  7. OC capability - Intel Core i5 4690K & Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE
  8. Announcing radeontop, a tool for viewing the GPU usage