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Intel Releases Set Of Linux GPU Tools

Intel's Eric Anholt has announced the release of version 1.0.0 for the intel-gpu-tools package. The intel-gpu-tools package consist of various tools for debugging and testing out the Intel graphics hardware and drivers on Linux. Eric describes this open-source package as various user-land tools that do not belong within the X.Org driver tree, regression tests for the DRM, and DRM micro-benchmarks for kernel performance regression testing.
27 April 2009 - Helps Debugging, Etc - 3 Comments

Packard Talks About Ongoing Intel Linux Work

Lately we have talked a lot about the Intel Linux driver stack with their ongoing work of switching over to the Graphics Execution Manager for memory management, moving to kernel-based mode-setting, and migrating to the Direct Rendering Infrastructure 2. In the short term, this work has caused some nasty problems, but once the fallout has been addressed, the open-source Intel driver should be in a prime position to perform on all fronts.
25 April 2009 - Keith Packard's View On Situation - 12 Comments

Will Intel Completely Drop Support For EXA?

Earlier this month Intel had pushed out the xf86-video-intel 2.7 graphics driver that brought a variety of new features and fixes. This 2.7 X.Org driver has been rolled into Intel's "2009Q1 Package" along with Mesa 7.4 plus a few more patches, the Linux 2.6.29.1 kernel plus a few more patches, and libdrm 2.4.9. It is also suggested that X Server 1.6.1 be used with this recommended Intel software configuration. The details regarding the 2009Q1 package can be found here.
24 April 2009 - It Looks That Way - 6 Comments

Intel Linux Driver Kills The Netbook Experience

As I alluded to earlier, I am out of the office this week. With me to Italy I took a Samsung NC10 that is loaded with an Intel Atom processor, Intel integrated graphics, an OCZ solid-state drive, and 2GB of DDR2 RAM. Prior to leaving I loaded it up with a clean install of the Ubuntu 9.04 release candidate, but what a mistake that was. As was pointed out in the days prior to that, there are a number of regressions present within the Intel Linux graphics stack due to the switch to the Graphics Execution Manager, DRI2, and other work. While the benchmarks showed there is indeed a drop (a large drop in some), this performance drop nearly renders the system useless.
22 April 2009 - The Performance Is AWFUL - 57 Comments

Intel's 2.7 Graphics Driver Still Has Problems

Last night Intel pushed out the xf86-video-intel 2.7.0 driver, but still it does not correct some of the performance regressions that have been occurring within the Intel Linux graphics stack for the past few months. While there are UXA improvements in the 2.7 driver, the performance is still bad.
16 April 2009 - Performance Is Bad - 6 Comments

Intel Ends Out The Day With 2.7 X.Org Driver Release

The day started out for us by looking at the performance impact of using greedy migration heuristics with Intel graphics as well as taking another look at their driver's UXA performance. After that article was published, we had benchmarks from the Linux 2.6.30-rc2 kernel that showed 2D/3D Intel performance improvements. The third Intel item today was then Intel announcing the release of the G45 hardware documentation that was four volumes and more than 1,000 pages of technical documentations. Well, the fourth and final item tonight is the release of the xf86-video-intel 2.7.0 driver.
15 April 2009 - xf86-video-intel 2.7.0

Linux 2.6.30-rc2 Improves Intel Performance Some

Since earlier today when looking at whether greedy migration heuristics help in improving Intel's 2D driver performance and how it compares to using UXA acceleration, we have run a couple more benchmarks. This time Canonical's Bryce Harrington was interested whether a new kernel improves Intel's performance.
15 April 2009 - A Bit, Woohoo - 12 Comments

New Test Release Of Intel X.Org 2.7 Driver

We are now into the second quarter of 2009, but Intel will soon release its X.Org driver for Q1'09. While late, the xf86-video-intel 2.7.0 driver update SDVO-TV support, basic SDVO-LVDS support, tear-free X-Video support, and many bugs have been fixed.
10 April 2009 - xf86-video-intel 2.7.0 nears - 18 Comments

Intel Atom Running At 2GHz With Hyper Threading

While it already seems like the Intel Atom processor family has been around for quite a while, it's really only been one year. Today Intel is celebrating the one year anniversary of the Atom processor from the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing.
8 April 2009 - Atom's One Year Anniversary - 9 Comments

Linux Foundation To Take Over Moblin Project

In a rather interesting move, the Linux Foundation will now be the company behind Moblin. The Moblin project was started by Intel back in 2007 and has been used to push Linux onto their Atom processors, but it now appears they are handing the duties off to the Linux Foundation.
2 April 2009 - Bye Bye Intel? - 7 Comments

Intel Poulsbo DRM Proposed, But Rejected

Back in January we shared that Intel's Poulsbo driver was a bloody mess. This Intel GMA 500 Chipset is used by a few select devices at the moment and its core is originally based upon a PowerVR ASIC. When it comes to the Linux support, the xf86-video-psb driver is ill maintained (it hasn't been updated in over a year), the 3D driver is binary-only, and the driver is in a badly broken state. The Intel Poulsbo driver and its Linux support is in a completely opposite state of where the xf86-video-intel driver is at and the Linux support for standard Intel IGPs. Today though there's a new part to the Poulsbo Linux story.
19 March 2009 - Intel's Poulsbo Still A Mess - 30 Comments

Intel Readies New X.Org Video Driver Release

It has been nearly three months since the release of xf86-video-intel 2.6, which means it's almost time for their next open-source driver update to arrive (they abide by a quarterly release cycle). As a sign of this, Intel's Carl Worth is heading the xf86-video-intel 2.7 driver management and he has pushed out the first release candidate.
9 March 2009 - xf86-video-intel 2.7 Coming Soon - 12 Comments

Intel Updates Its X.Org Driver Again

Just over a week ago Intel had come out with the xf86-video-intel 2.6.2 driver, but today that is already being replaced with xf86-video-intel 2.6.3. The 2.6.2 release was significant in that it presented some major fixes to the Graphics Execution Manager and kernel mode-setting. Along with that, Textured Video support when using kernel mode-setting was introduced along with rotation support.
3 March 2009 - Two Bugs Killed The 2.6.2 Release

Intel Pushes Out A Big Bug-Fix X.Org Driver Update

We have already burned through more than half of Q1'09 and have yet to see Intel's quarterly X.Org Linux driver update approaching (or even any release candidate, although the 2.6 release was late). While xf86-video-intel 2.7.0 isn't ready yet, a fairly significant bug-fix release has been issued in the 2.6 series.
24 February 2009 - xf86-video-intel 2.6.2 - 9 Comments

Intel Core i7, AMD Phenom II Benchmarks On Linux

If you have been wanting to look at Linux performance numbers for the Intel Core i7 or AMD Phenom II processors, be sure to stop by Phoronix Global. While the PR departments at Intel and AMD seem to have no interest at all in their latest desktop processors on Linux, many users of this new hardware have provided their own benchmarks courtesy of the Phoronix Test Suite.
24 February 2009 - Thanks To The Phoronix Test Suite - 10 Comments

Intel Considering VDPAU Support For X.Org Driver

In addition to learning that Intel's UXA acceleration architecture will live on in its current form, there were a few other interesting bits of news reported as well during the X.Org talks at FOSDEM 2009. During Eric Anholt's talk some video playback/decoding improvements were discussed.
8 February 2009 - Or VA-API Is Also A Possibility - 5 Comments

Intel's UXA Will Not Be Merged Back Into EXA

Back in August we talked about the UXA acceleration architecture, which was developed by Intel and based upon EXA but pixmaps were dealt with as GEM objects.
7 February 2009 - That's The Look of Things - 15 Comments

Intel's Poulsbo Driver A Bloody Mess?

Most of the Intel Atom netbooks currently on the market (like the Lenovo IdeaPad S10, Samsung NC10, and ASUS Eee PC) use the GMA 950 Chipset for their integrated graphics, but some of the newer models are using the Intel GMA 500. The GMA 500 doesn't share many traits with other mobile Intel IGPs since much of the technology was licensed from PowerVR, which means a different X.Org display driver is required.
31 January 2009 - Unless You Like Dirty Code - 34 Comments

xf86-video-intel 2.6.1 Display Driver Released

Intel's Eric Anholt has announced the immediate release of the xf86-video-intel 2.6.1 driver. This update coming just a week after the xf86-video-intel 2.6.0 release fixes a stability issue and kernel mode-setting fixes, More fixes are expected to land in the open-source Intel X.Org driver in the near future.
21 January 2009 - Intel Open-Source Update - 3 Comments

xf86-video-intel 2.6.0 Driver Released

Intel generally updates their xf86-video-intel X.Org driver on a quarterly basis, but the 2.6 cycle has been running a bit behind schedule. Nevertheless, late last night the xf86-video-intel 2.6.0 driver was officially released.
15 January 2009 - New X.Org DDX Driver

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