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It seems like it was just yesterday, but Intel introduced the Graphics Execution Manager more than two years after they had a falling out with TTM. In switching over to using GEM for their in-kernel video memory management, and subsequently supporting kernel mode-setting and then introducing UXA to GEM-ify the EXA 2D acceleration architecture, there was a lot of problems. Fortunately, most of these problems were worked out as this more advanced Intel Linux driver stack matured and for the better part of a year now the experience has been pleasant for users of most Intel GMA chipsets.
21 July 2010 - Going Backwards? - 8 Comments
Earlier this month an Intel employee began asking about making optimizations to Mesa's shader compiler (on the Mesa-dev list). This Intel employee was not one of their usual Open-Source Technology Center developers commonly working on their Linux graphics stack as part of Keith Packard's team, but instead it was an uncommon name: Benjamin Segovia. Ben is from Intel's Advanced Graphics Lab team where previously he worked on ray-tracing techniques, but as of late seems to be at least dedicating some of his Intel effort towards optimizing Mesa.
19 July 2010 - Here's Some Work - 5 Comments
Yesterday we found it interesting that Intel is not even able to ship their own Linux driver for their own hardware with their MeeGo operating system. The driver in question is their new EMGD driver for the Menlow and Tunnel Creek platforms that have a graphics core that's designed by Imagination Technologies rather than their own in-house intellectual property. The EMGD driver from Intel currently requires signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement with them to gain access to this driver, but it's not the only driver available that targets the Intel GMA 500 / GMA 600 graphics core that's derived from the Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 535.
16 July 2010 - Poulsbo Crap - 14 Comments
With the introduction of Intel's Poulsbo (GMA 500) chipset it marked a point at which Intel's Linux graphics support was no longer stellar, but as they had outsourced the graphics IP from Imagination Technologies, they could not provide an open-source driver stack like they do with their in-house IGPs. Not only was this Intel Poulsbo Linux driver closed-source, but the level of support was appalling and it was a bloody mess of a situation. The overall situation since has only become worse and even MeeGo (their own Linux OS) will be shipping without Intel's EMGD driver.
15 July 2010 - No Support - 33 Comments
MeeGo, the joint project between Nokia and Intel that married the Maemo and Moblin operating systems together as one superior Linux-based operating system for Intel Atom netbooks and select Nokia devices, has a new stable 1.0 series update. This is actually the first update since MeeGo 1.0 was released for these mobile devices since the inaugural release in late May.
7 July 2010 - New MeeGo Update - 3 Comments
While Oracle may not be capable of releasing an OpenSolaris update (or even communicating their intentions), the Intel-Nokia team working on the MeeGo operating system that marries Moblin and Maemo is capable of getting work done. Today they have released their first spin of MeeGo Handset Project, which is the MeeGo variant designed for handsets like the Nokia N900.
30 June 2010 - Ready For Testing - 2 Comments
While Intel had only released its xf86-video-intel 2.12 release candidate ten days ago and there was only one RC, yesterday afternoon they decided to go forward and make the final release. The xf86-video-intel 2.12.0 DDX driver is now available and they have also tagged their 2010Q2 driver package.
25 June 2010 - New Intel Driver - 1 Comment
While there is the "Clover" branch of Mesa started by Zack Rusin for providing an OpenCL state tracker that can be used by Gallium3D hardware drivers, it hasn't yet amounted to much. The OpenCL state tracker is not yet working, hasn't been touched in months, and has yet to be integrated in the mainline Mesa code-base. However, as another GPGPU alternative, it looks like a CUDA back-end that's specific to Intel's open-source driver may end up being worked on.
23 June 2010 - Possibly - 18 Comments
Last October we reported on new capabilities within the Phoronix Test Suite that allowed performance regressions to be located within any code-base by leveraging our open-source testing framework with the git-bisect command to automatically traverse a tree in a binary manner until the Phoronix Test Suite spots the regression-causing commit. As an example we tracked down a regression in the mainline Linux kernel with the EXT4 file-system without any manual intervention. Now not only can we automatically track down any performance regressions, but the Phoronix Test Suite can also help you spot any functional regressions.
21 June 2010 - With Drivers - 23 Comments
Intel has rolled out their first release candidate for their forthcoming xf86-video-intel 2.12 DDX driver update. The Intel 2.12 X.Org driver, as we have already mentioned twice brings faster 2D performance, among other changes.
15 June 2010 - Final Is Near - 17 Comments
MeeGo 1.0 was released last week and we found its netbook performance to be competitive and beat Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Moblin, and Fedora. While the performance of this joint project between Intel and Nokia may be nice, it doesn't improve the situation for the Poulsbo graphics situation under Linux.
3 June 2010 - Crappy Linux Drivers - 25 Comments
A week ago we reported that Intel's next X.Org driver (the xf86-video-intel 2.12 DDX) would render text/glyphs faster thanks to optimizations done by Chris Wilson, but this was not all that was in store for this Intel Linux driver that's updated quarterly. With the most recent Git, there are more performance optimizations.
31 May 2010 - More UXA Improvements - 5 Comments
Back in February, the Moblin and Maemo projects from Intel and Nokia, respectively, made love and out came MeeGo. The two industry players had joined forces to come up with what they feel is the best Linux platform for mobile devices ranging from netbooks to in-vehicle information systems. Version 1.0 of the MeeGo Core Software Platform has been released today.
26 May 2010 - Intel & Nokia - 24 Comments
Intel's next quarterly Linux graphics driver update will be out around July and while nothing too exciting has yet to emerge within the X.Org DDX driver that will be released as xf86-video-intel 2.12, there is one interesting merge today. This next Intel X.Org driver update should offer significantly faster text / glyphs performance.
24 May 2010 - xf86-video-intel 2.12 - 7 Comments
While the Linux hardware compatibility of modern processors and motherboards have normally been spot-on, as talked about in our many reviews, one of the areas that still causes annoyances with modern hardware can be the hardware sensors support. For motherboards this commonly means being able to monitor sensors for the temperatures, fan speeds, voltages. For the CPUs, their integrated temperature sensor(s) also aren't commonly supported on just-released Intel and AMD products.
17 May 2010 - Thermal Sensors - 9 Comments
MeeGo, the mobile Linux operating system that came about when Intel and Nokia joined forces to marry Moblin and Maemo, will be using Btrfs as its default file-system.
11 May 2010 - Hoorah - 2 Comments
Last night Intel finally announced the Intel Atom Processor Z6xx Series Family, which has been known under the Moorestown codename for quite a while and is something we first reported on back in 2007. With the new Atom Z6xx processors Intel is hoping it will propel their Atom brand within more smart-phones, tablets, and other mobile Internet devices, but these low-power processors will likely end up in some netbooks too. Unfortunately, the graphics for the Moorestown / Atom Z7xx platform is still looking to be a major disappointment to Linux users.
5 May 2010 - Closed Crap - 32 Comments
We are still working on the first part of our Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS benchmarks that are set to be published early next week, but so far there is one easy conclusion to draw from the completed tests: Intel's Linux graphics driver is still no match to the Intel Windows driver.
30 April 2010 - Sneak Preview - 50 Comments
While Gallium3D is viewed as the future of the 3D Linux graphics driver architecture, it's been in development for a long time and still doesn't have a solid following. In particular, Intel is still missing from the Gallium3D party.
13 April 2010 - Political or Technical? - 29 Comments
With the releases last month of the xf86-video-intel 2.11.0 DDX driver and the Mesa 7.8 graphics stack, Intel has updated its quarterly Linux graphics package in which it recommends versions of several key components for the ideal Intel experience.
9 April 2010 - Intel 2010'Q1 - 11 Comments
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