Intel's 3.0 X.Org Driver Takes Another Step Closer To Release

Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 8 September 2014 at 10:00 AM EDT. 6 Comments
With how long xf86-video-intel 3.0 is taking to be released as stable, one has to wonder whether Wayland will take over the Linux desktop prior to this DDX release...

It's now been over one year since the first xf86-video-intel 3.0 development release and still no stable version of it, although most Linux distributions have moved onto packaging Git snapshots of the important driver. This 3.0 driver continues to use SNA acceleration by default although the early XMir support was since dropped from the DDX driver as most Phoronix readers are already well aware. The 3.0 driver also has better tear-free support, stability fixes, Broadwell support, support for X without root privileges, DRI3+Present, variable sized cursors, and hundreds (or by now, thousands) of other Git commits.

The latest feature to talk about is the DisplayPort MST support for UXA that I already wrote about in the middle of the night. Since then, Intel's Chris Wilson issued two xf86-video-intel 3.0 pre-releases... xf86-video-intel 2.99.915 was released that has the UXA MST support plus a number of other bug fixes and other improvements... Chris himself is responsible for nearly 100 changes in just this latest development build. That release was quickly succeeded by xf86-video-intel 2.99.916 as a quick update due to needing to make an MST UXA change pertaining to RandR.

So those new development releases are out there and hopefully an official xf86-video-intel 3.0 release isn't too far away.
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