So, at least in those eee, which were supposed to be the big opportunity for Linux on the desktop, the intel drivers suck in Fedora as well as in Ubuntu.
As you can see there is plenty of people subscribed to this one.
Some people have experienced better performance with Fedora 10, and some others (like me) haven't. Probably it depends on the chipset. [I don't recall anyone using a eee 901 having "good" performance with 2008 distros.]
Today I noticed, with a clue from a bug report, that somehow the Ubuntu installer failed to add the initial user to the 'video' group. That would be fine if the DRI device defaulted to global read-write permissions.
I'm running version 2:2.5.1-1ubuntu5~intrepid of xserver-xorg-video-intel. I had to rollback from the experimental stuff due to problems with dual displays that I didn't care to work through.Code:ls -l /dev/dri/card* crw-rw---- 1 root video 226, 0 2009-01-01 14:45 /dev/dri/card0
Adding my account to the group 'video' resulted in a huge speed up of glxgears.
I hope this helps someone
It's probably a much better idea to grab stuff directly from git, file a bug report directly upstream, and keep things simple: one problem per bug report.
In my experience, things like the aforementioned rendering errors are usually fixed quickly.
I would think this is only a problem in Jaunty (which is a development version, by the way, and not yet in "beta" like some people seems to believe) and not in Ubuntu 8.10. If you have been installing experimental packages on top that could explain it. If it's a clean install, please report it, and add a link here.
Not adding the initial user to video group could be argued as a feature or as a bug. I do know that in the group/user editor has had an option about accessing video acceleration hardware for a long time. If the group existed, and was referenced in the admin tools, but wasn't being used, that sounds like a bug, albeit a benign bug, to me. I'm glad it's going to be fixed in jaunty.