Intel Lands Its First Batch Of Graphics Driver Changes For Linux 4.8 Into DRM-Next

Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 2 June 2016 at 07:01 AM EDT. 1 Comment
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.

With the Linux 4.7 merge window having been closed last week, Intel developers are working on bug-fixing that code while simultaneously continuing to be punctual in getting their tested code into DRM-Next for the following cycle.

Among the changes accepted into DRM-Next as the first -- of what should be several batches -- include command parser improvements, better handling of DisplayPort++ smart dongles, Broxton GuC firmware loading support, Skylake atomic watermark support, Content Adaptive Brightness Control (CABC) for DSI panels, Panel Self Refresh (PSR) fixes, backlight-over-DPCD support, lots of code refactoring, L3 cache tuning, official DMC support for Kabylake, and tons of other internal changes. Basically, it's a lot of code clean-ups and other internal improvements but a few user-facing changes like the better DP++ dongle support, CABC for DSI panels, and various fixes that should affect some users.

You can see the whole list of accepted Intel DRM code that's now being further vetted for the Linux 4.8 kernel via this DRM-Next pull request.
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