Speaking of 2.7 test release:
Using 2.6.29 + drm-intel-2.6.29, mesa 7.4.1 (from git) and that 2.7-rc3 with DRI2+KMS I could see performance improvements (really, gdm starts much faster and doesn't need 4 seconds to draw any more).
Anyway, for all of you who build mesa 7.4 themselves: I'd recommend to cherry pick commit afc4f7a6ffddc2778b3025c9618c27c6799a3f22 which gets rid of the transparency problems (wrong alpha) with compiz.
Don't know if that commit can introduce problems though - for me it doesn't.
I already get tear-free XVideo with the intel driver on my netbook:
I don't understand what it's all about, but xvinfo says adaptor 0 is "Intel(R) Textured Video" and adaptor 1 is "Intel(R) Video Overlay".Code:$ mplayer -vo xv:adaptor=1
The overlay video is useless for compiz and probably compositing managers in general, so textured video is the way to go - and it does work (gentoo-sources-2.6.29-r1, mesa-7.4, intel-9999-pre_27 (126.96.36.1992 just as well)).
I'm sure it'll get into jaunty when they release 2.7, they've been keeping up pretty well compared to debian and are at 2.6.3 right now. There's major problems with -intel in jaunty going by the bug tracker that I'm sure they want to fix
I'm going to buy an mini-ITX board with an Intel 4500HD IGP soon, and wonder if this driver performs well (enough) with that chip? I have an Eee901 with the 950 IGP, and I'm fairly satisfied and look forward to use this new version, but stuff like GLSL doesn't work yet. How much work is still required, or is that purely a Gallium thing? Will an 4500HD ultimately be able to handle id-Tech 4 type engines? Sorry if this is OT... It seems Intel is mostly focusing on 9xx, since 4500 isn't mentioned that much..?