I know older graphics are not really supported anymore, but how does this changes affect older graphics?, did anyone compare it with PTS?
I'd love a bit more performance out of my 945GME but I know it's difficult.
Anyone knoes if only the codepaths of sandy bridge are updated?, can this be "ported" to older hardware?
[b]Users can manually upgrade their kernel (and Mesa too, since Ubuntu 11.04 is using Mesa 7.10.x), but that is not advised for novice desktop users as it can cause repercussions in other areas of your system.
For us novices who opt to ignore your warning, are there any guides for doing it anyway? Would you recommend the xorg-edgers PPA?
I'm going to speculate the reason Linux driver performance is now so close to Windows is because Windows driver doesn't expose full potential. The latest graphics driver for Windows, 2361 claims up to 43% benefit in the games tested: http://downloadmirror.intel.com/2003...se%20notes.pdf
I was actually wrong that my laptop was a sandy bridge, mine is one gen before that (Arrandale) The processor is an i5 460m
And support has been excellent. My old card was a 512mb hd2600. Felt like garbage in linux compared to this. I also have vaapi working perfectly with VLC player without having to do any dicking around, I haven't had a problem with the graphics yet.
I'm running gnome 3 on it and its super responsive and great for web browsing/video. Scrolling was total garbage on the ati card with any compositing enabled, with the intel card I can use smooth scrolling in firefox/opera/chrome with no issues, just as smooth as windows.