Intel Publishes More Skylake Linux Graphics Patches
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 14 November 2014 at 05:51 AM EST. Add A Comment
INTEL --
We're still likely about one year out before seeing any Skylake processors released from Intel, but their open-source Skylake graphics enablement continues to flow.

Back in September was when Intel published their Skylake DRM changes and that followed by the Mesa support patches a few weeks later. Since then there's been more Skylake Linux support patches that have been quick to materialize.

Published on Thursday were more Skylake Linux graphics patches to tie up "loose ends" with the hardware enablement. The latest patches are in this series and will likely end up in Linux 3.19 or 3.20 kernels.

It's great to see Intel publishing their Skylake code well in advance of hardware as they've now done well for Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Broadwell, Bay Trail, Cherryview, etc. This is in comparison to AMD that's still developing their new "AMDGPU" driver stack but in the meantime where that support begins with the Radeon R9 285 "Tonga" GCN 1.2 GPU, there's no code publicly available for open-source Tonga GPU support and it won't all be mainlined until early 2015 at least. The Linux Catalyst support also seems to be neglected recently -- possibly due to a shift in focus with the new driver model -- leaving no Catalyst Linux updates to talk about in a while.
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