Intel Begins Sending In Their Graphics Driver Changes For Linux 6.2

Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 28 October 2022 at 07:39 PM EDT. 4 Comments
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Intel today submitted their initial batch of "i915" kernel graphics driver changes to DRM-Next of new driver material slated for the Linux 6.2 cycle.

Today's batch of drm-intel-next changes aren't particularly exciting but does contain continued work on enabling Meteor Lake graphics. Meteor Lake as the successor to the recently launched Raptor Lake processors is bringing DG2/Alchemist class graphics capabilities to integrated graphics. We've been seeing Meteor Lake enablement going on in recent months and it's still happening given the amount of churn over Alder Lake and Raptor Lake graphics, even with sharing a lot in common with the DG2/Alchemist driver code paths.

With Linux 6.2 so far there is more Meteor Lake enablement but it's still actively being worked on and looks like it could be another kernel cycle or even longer before the open-source graphics driver support is ironed out. But with still another year until Meteor Lake CPUs are expected to launch, it's good seeing Intel getting all this support squared away so that it will ideally appear in shipping Linux distributions ahead of these 14th Gen Core processors shipping.

In addition to Meteor Lake work, the drm-intel-next patches also include a lot of display code refactoring.


Somewhat surprisingly there are few DG2 patches for this pull request. Additionally, as of yet Intel hasn't sent out any patches looking to enable the DG2/Alchemist Arc Graphics support out-of-the-box but as of now is still hidden behind the i915.force_probe driver option for enabling the accelerated graphics support on these shipping discrete GPUs. Hopefully a follow-up pull request still ahead of Linux 6.2 will end up enabling DG2 support for a better out-of-the-box experience.

The full set of Intel driver patches sent in today for DRM-Next ahead of Linux 6.2 can be found via this pull request. Expect at least a few more Intel kernel graphics driver pull requests over the coming weeks, leading up to the Linux 6.2 merge window in December.
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