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  • Intel Sends Out Initial Open-Source Linux Graphics Driver Support For Tiger Lake

    Phoronix: Intel Sends Out Initial Open-Source Linux Graphics Driver Support For Tiger Lake

    Intel's tradition of delivering punctual open-source graphics driver support for their hardware continues. While Icelake hardware isn't even hitting the masses yet, Intel developers this week began sending out their initial driver patches for bringing up the graphics on Tiger Lake...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...-Initial-Linux

  • #2
    Now this is how open source driver development should occur. There will be fully functional launch day support of Tiger Lake and Xe in mainline without requiring a frankensteined git merge from half a dozen out of tree repositories.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by chuckula View Post
      Now this is how open source driver development should occur. There will be fully functional launch day support of Tiger Lake and Xe in mainline without requiring a frankensteined git merge from half a dozen out of tree repositories.
      I know this is a shot at AMD, but you can't compare apples to oranges here. Intel has been working on their open-source GPU drivers for years before AMD. Their GPUs are simpler. They do fewer major overhauls to their architecture. They make far fewer varieties per generation. To my understanding, their team is also larger, and probably paid better.

      Your expectations, though understandable, are unreasonable.
      Last edited by schmidtbag; 06-28-2019, 12:37 PM.

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      • #4
        Adding to the previous comment, we have the manpower differences too, Intel's 01.org can be an order of magnitude bigger than AMD's team

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        • #5
          In general, it's also much easier to expose APU details early compared to dGPUs. The dGPU market is much more competitive and so often the business units request that we withhold the code internally for longer to avoid exposing too many details about new chips too early which might result in the loss of a competitive edge. The Linux market for gaming is not large enough to risk the windows gaming market on for example.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by agd5f View Post
            In general, it's also much easier to expose APU details early compared to dGPUs. The dGPU market is much more competitive and so often the business units request that we withhold the code internally for longer to avoid exposing too many details about new chips too early which might result in the loss of a competitive edge. The Linux market for gaming is not large enough to risk the windows gaming market on for example.
            Do you think Intel will run into similar issues when they enter the dGPU market? Just curious to hear your thoughts based on your industry experience

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RahulSundaram View Post

              Do you think Intel will run into similar issues when they enter the dGPU market? Just curious to hear your thoughts based on your industry experience
              Possibly, depending on what markets they end up targeting with their dGPUs.

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              • #8
                I'm appreciative of the support. It's certainly not a given these days. And since Intel has a 'Jesus take the wheel' approach to mundane architectural improvements, they'll have more time to spend on software/drivers. Which is a bonus for us.

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                • #9
                  From the article:
                  Tiger Lake ... with a Willow Cove _GPU_, Xe GPU, and updated display technology.
                  Should `Willow Cove' - Intel's high-performance 10 nm x86 core microarchitecture and successor to Sunny Cove - be affiliated with CPU rather than GPU?

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                  • #10
                    as early as 2020 with a Willow Cove GPU, Xe GPU, and updated display technology
                    Wait what? It has 2 GPUs on one chip?

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