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    Intel also announced a new site @ http://intellinuxgraphics.org/

    The Intel Open Source Technology Center graphics team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of free software drivers for the Intel? 965 Express Chipset family graphics controller. These drivers include support for 2D and 3D graphics features for the newest generation Intel graphics architecture.

    As with any free software project, this release represents only the beginning of an ongoing commitment by Intel to work with the X.org and Mesa communities to continuously improve and enhance the drivers. While these drivers represent significant work at both Tungsten Graphics and Intel?as our first release of this code?they're still in need of significant testing, tuning, and bug fixing before they will be ready for production use. We're releasing them now to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing free software drivers for Intel hardware.
    Some of my comments about Intel's new drivers today can be found in a CNET article due out any minute, and right now I am working on some benchmarks of these new drivers for Phoronix.

    Feel free to discuss.

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    This is great!

    If it works nicely, I think I'll start to leave out 'nvidia gpu' on the list of requirements for my new laptop.

    Looking forward to those benchmarks and hearing how it works with xgl/aiglx.

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    Grats on the quote on C|Net Michael... that's awesome. Good to see Intel caring about Linux... even to go as far as a dedicated domain. Good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Williams
    Grats on the quote on C|Net Michael... that's awesome. Good to see Intel caring about Linux... even to go as far as a dedicated domain. Good stuff.
    Thanks, I do some consulting for CNET from time-to-time. I am also working on possibly an interview with the head of Intel's Linux Graphics department in the next coming days and I am also working on some other information to pass along as well.

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    No benchmarks in this article (ET was also laggy), but a few thoughts were shared, and AIGLX was tested... http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=7148

    If there are any specific items you would like more information on or tests, just post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael
    No benchmarks in this article (ET was also laggy), but a few thoughts were shared, and AIGLX was tested... http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=7148

    If there are any specific items you would like more information on or tests, just post.
    It's worth noting that the board you're using isn't the one you want to attempt doing gaming performance testing on- the i915 chipset has the GMA 900 GPU core integrated into the chipset.

    The i965G chipset has the first potentially usable integrated GPU, the GMA x3000. Here's the from the 10000 foot level scoop on both GPUs...


    GMA 900

    - 256 bit architechture
    - 1.3 Gpixel/1.3 Gtexel fill rate
    - No T&L support on chip
    - OpenGL 1.4 support
    - Vertex Shader model 2.0
    - Single unified graphics pipeline

    GMA X3000

    - 256 bit architechture
    - ~5 Gpixel/5 Gtexel fill rate
    - Hardware T&L
    - OpenGL 2.0 support
    - Pixel Shader model 3.0
    - Vertex Shader model 3.0
    - 8 unified graphics pipelines


    Very big difference between the two. While still not a barn burner, it's largely on a parity with the low-to-middle end GPUs that are typically fielded in laptops and most of the UMA motherboards out there. You probably want to see if they carry through on the promise that the x3000 offers by getting a G965 based motherboard.

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    Oh ok, I had no idea. Seriously cool though

    In the last picture there, what's that breaking apart effect? Is that the video driver screwing up when you were trying to test out a game?

    I am not that knowledgable on integrated video at all, but what was the option prior to these drivers? Were you able to play games without it before, and is the performance better or worse with an official driver? I look forward to reading your findings.

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    The artifacts in the first and third pictures is from the breaking effect when closing windows in AIGLX.

    Intel's Linux drivers have been open-source for a while. Today's announcement is basically that it's updated, supports 965 Express, and has a dedicated website. Previously, the results were similar using the i915 and Enemy Territory.

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    That's unfortunate, but is there any downside to not having Macrovision code in the drivers (as mentioned in the link)?

    I'd rather not have Macrovision enabled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    That's unfortunate, but is there any downside to not having Macrovision code in the drivers (as mentioned in the link)?

    I'd rather not have Macrovision enabled.
    Without it, you also don't get any hardware accelerated MPEG2/MPEG4 playback either- the technical info has to be "tied together" per the deals all these jokers made with the media companies back a while back. And if you've got control of the Macrovision pieces, you can turn them off, which the media companies don't want. It's all about their control of your use of the content in question- they don't want any "uncontrolled" use, period.

    To be sure, it's not a real loss, per se- but it would have been nice to say, have the headroom to display effortlessly as you're capturing a video feed (i.e. make a MythTV box just that little bit better...), but then we're still going to have to deal with another decade or so of obnoxious media company influence in this area.

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