Intel's Clear Linux distribution hasn't been at rest this summer but they've continued working hard on various performance optimizations and improvements to their distribution.
Intel's open-source developers working on their Linux DRM graphics driver have been working on adding support for HuC, a new firmware component to be used by Broxton and newer graphics hardware.
The developers at Igalia continue working on the necessary OpenGL functionality to be able to advertise OpenGL 4.x support in Mesa for Ivy Bridge and Haswell "Gen 7" graphics.
After finishing up this weekend's AMDGPU R9 Fury + RX 480 benchmarks of DRM-Next for material that will land with Linux 4.8 along with RX 480 overclocking support, tables turned to run some fresh benchmarks of the Intel DRM-Next code that will premiere in Linux 4.8.
Sadly, another blow to report on with regard to Intel's open-source efforts... Just days after reporting on Intel losing its chief Linux/open-source technologist, Dirk Hohndel, there's another high profile departure in the open-source world. Today marks the last day at Intel for Wayland founder Kristian Høgsberg.
Well this somehow slipped under our radar last week and comes as a big surprise... Dirk Hohndel has left Intel Corp after being their chief Linux and open-source technologist the past number of years.
Just weeks after their first round of DRM updates for Linux 4.8 were submitted, the Intel crew has their second -- of a possible three -- feature updates readied for the Linux 4.8 kernel via DRM-Next.
With the imminent Mesa 12.0 release there is now OpenGL 4.3 compliance for Intel Broadwell graphics hardware and newer, rather than OpenGL 3.3 as was the upper limit in the Intel Mesa driver to this point. Now having OpenGL 4.x support with this open-source Intel driver, I decided to see how various OpenGL 4.x games are running with the Intel driver when using a Skylake CPU sporting HD Graphics 530.
With the recent report that Intel's Vulkan Linux driver should now work with Dota 2, I was curious to test out the game -- and Talos Principle -- with the latest Mesa Git code that houses this open-source "Anvil" Vulkan driver.
It could really be any day now that the Intel i965 Mesa DRI driver exposes OpenGL 4.5 support!
It appears that Intel's Vulkan open-source Linux driver is finally in good enough shape for being able to handle Valve's Dota 2 game.
Just found a nugget of news from an Intel representative in case you have been eyeing an Intel Broadwell-E processor: there are no driver plans for Linux for the new Turbo Boost Max 3.0 functionality.
Timothy Arceri of Collabora published his second version of patches on Friday for implementing ARB_enhanced_layouts packing support for Mesa's Intel i965 driver.
Intel's first batch of i915 DRM kernel graphics driver changes for targeting the future Linux 4.8 kernel cycle has now been queued into DRM-Next.
As was expected for launching at Computex, the Broadwell-E processors are now out in the wild. The Broadwell-E launch also includes Intel's first ten-core desktop processor, but it will cost you a pretty penny.
A few days ago code landed in VA-API for VP9 hardware encoding support and was wired into the Intel Video Acceleration driver. Now more details are known.
One of the last pull requests to cover for the Linux 4.7 merge window is Darren Hart's platform-drivers-x86 updates.
The Intel China team maintaining Beignet, the open-source OpenCL driver implementation for modern Intel graphics on Linux, has landed the code for supporting this implementation on Android.
Intel has been rapidly advancing their OpenGL 4.x support and OpenGL 4.5 is even in sight now.
It was just last week that Intel crossed OpenGL 4.2 in Mesa and earlier today the needed Intel OpenGL 4.3 patches landed while tonight there are patches pending for the OpenGL 4.4 changes for Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver.
A few days ago when delivering benchmarks of the new CPUFreq "Schedutil" governor in Linux 4.7 the P-State comparison results on this Git kernel looked particularly terrible. I've since done some P-State tests on the same system using the Linux 4.5 and 4.6 kernels that further point towards a regression having taken place.
For Broadwell hardware and newer, this week marked the milestone of the Intel Mesa driver exposing OpenGL 4.2 support. However, they are only one extension away from OpenGL 4.3 compliance for the newer Intel graphics hardware and a new version of that patch-set was just posted.
Following all of the Intel 3D graphics tests this week for DRM-Next code for Linux 4.7, Mesa 11.3-devel, and more, there's been a few readers requesting a fresh xf86-video-intel vs. xf86-video-modesetting comparison.
There is finally a public TODO list for Intel's Vulkan Linux driver living within Mesa.
While "Light Ridge" was the first copper Thunderbolt controller and released back in 2010, only now in 2016 is the first-generation controller seeing mainline Linux support.
OpenGL tests I published yesterday show that Intel Broadwell graphics are much faster with Mesa 11.3 -- and that's on top of the newly-minted OpenGL 4.2 support -- but the same can't be said for Haswell.
With today marking the milestone of Intel's Mesa driver jumping ahead to OpenGL 4.2 compliance after just yesterday hitting OpenGL 4.0, I decided to try out the Mesa Git code of the i965 driver on an Ubuntu 16.04 system.
It was just yesterday that Intel's Mesa driver crossed the OpenGL 4.0 threshold while today it's jumped ahead to OpenGL 4.2.
Intel's Mesa driver is now at OpenGL 4.0 compliance with the landing of ARB_gpu_shader_fp64.
While the Intel i965 Mesa driver is currently at OpenGL 3.3 while waiting for the FP64 support to land for hitting OpenGL 4.2, various other OpenGL 4.3/4.4/4.5 extensions continue to move along for this open-source graphics driver.
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