A Slew Of Patches For The Intel "GMA500" Driver
Phoronix: A Slew Of Patches For The Intel "GMA500" Driver
At the beginning of the month I mentioned Intel's Alan Cox was working on GMA500 driver improvements, namely to add support for the next-generation Intel Atom processors that will carry PowerVR-derived graphics capabilities, similar to the notorious "Poulsbo" hardware. In the past week, Alan has now published more than 50 patches against the open-source "GMA500" driver that provides basic KMS support for the Intel hardware with graphics IP originating from Imagination Technologies...
if you want a working GMA500
It is possible to make a working system, and it is not that hard. The situation is not ideal, but doable.
I have a Dell Mini 12 running Xubuntu 11.10 Oneiric and using the EMGD driver. I have 2D and 3D acceleration and xv. A patched Mplayer and VAAPI are also expected. With 11.04 all the pieces have been in place for some time. It runs reliably and even the brightness keyboard keys work. It is certainly fast enough to surf the net, watch windowed YouTube videos and even standard res avi in full screen. Libreoffice works fine with no typing lag (at least at the rate I type).
Just do a text install from an alternate install image and then go to https://launchpad.net/~gma500/+archive/emgd-1.8/ and add the PPA and follow the instructions. This work is also ported to Arch Linux.
A test image of Ubuntu 11.10 has also been created with EMGD pre-installed.
Post by Lucazade about half way down with link to test image
A bit more work than a normal install, but a perfectly usable finished product. My Xubuntu also needed an audio fix, the deatils are in the above forum.