Intel's DRM Driver Changes Coming Up For Linux 3.18
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 4 October 2014 at 05:34 AM EDT. 1 Comment
I've been writing for a while already about the DRM graphics changes coming to Linux 3.18 even with Linux 3.17 not being quite out yet while courtesy of Intel OTC's Daniel Vetter is a comprehensive list of the i915 DRM changes to be found for the next kernel development cycle.

Daniel Vetter of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center did his usual blog post listing the changes that are queued up for the next kernel release. I've previously written about many of the changes while the highlights come down to:

- Plane rotation support.
- Improved panel power sequencing.
- Preparations for Skylake though the initial Skylake Linux enablement for graphics is holding off until Linux 3.19.
- Page-flips have improved error detection and recovery.
- Various support improvements for Intel's forthcoming Cherryview Atom hardware.
- Preparation work for Dynamic Refresh Rate Switching (DRRS) that's expected to land for Linux 3.19.
- Full PPGTT support is being readied for Linux 3.19.
- Basic support for execlists command submission.

The comprehensive list of the Intel graphics changes going into Linux 3.18 can be found via Daniel's blog.

There's several noteworthy Intel Linux graphics changes for the 3.18 kernel while Linux 3.19 already has items to look forward to further out.

If you missed our coverage of the Linux 3.17 kernel that should be officially released this weekend, there's many great changes.

Stay tuned for more Linux 3.18 kernel coverage on Phoronix over the weeks ahead.
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