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    Default Intel SNB Linux Driver Can Out Run Windows Driver

    Phoronix: Intel SNB Linux Driver Can Out Run Windows Driver

    While last week we reported Intel Sandy Bridge graphics support is still troubling in Ubuntu 11.04 and also the support broke at the last minute in Linux 2.6.39, there's really good news to report this week from the Sandy Bridge Linux land. When using the very latest working Linux driver code, in many cases the OpenGL performance of this open-source driver stack is now faster than Intel's official Windows 7 driver.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=16024

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoronix View Post
    such as S3TC texture compression support and other patented features that cannot be implemented in the open-source stack.
    Correction - this is already implemented in the open-source stack, you just have to turn it on.

    I'm not sure if this says more about the Intel Linux driver or the Intel Windows driver. But it's good news to have the hardware be competitive in Linux, I suppose, like the proprietary drivers do for ATI and NVidia hardware.

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    I'd really like to see some demo's compared on windows and again under wine to see if this is a fluke for "Linux Optimised" games or true for all graphics rendering

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    Am I the only that, just seeing the first two screenshots of Windows 7 and Ubuntu on the first page, thinks that Windows visually looks like total crap in comparison to Ubuntu?

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    Quote Originally Posted by d2kx View Post
    Am I the only that, just seeing the first two screenshots of Windows 7 and Ubuntu on the first page, thinks that Windows visually looks like total crap in comparison to Ubuntu?
    Personally I've always found Windows to look rather bad.
    I never understood how people could find the new Windows 7 taskbar attractive, to me even the Windows Vista one looked better ^^

    OnT: Interesting numbers, indeed.
    For my next laptop I might go for a Sandy bridge/Ivy bridge solution instead of NVidia.

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    The Intel Linux driver also lacks features such as Quick Sync Video, InTru 3D Technology, Intel Wireless Display, Intel Flexible Display Interface, and other technologies currently only found in their Windows driver.
    That's beyond silly. The Linux driver obviously does support FDI.
    (long story: Jesse's blog post)

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    I guess that after all the bad publicity Intel realy had to do something to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Znurre View Post
    OnT: Interesting numbers, indeed.
    For my next laptop I might go for a Sandy bridge/Ivy bridge solution instead of NVidia.
    I'd wait for the mobile version of the A8-3550.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d2kx View Post
    Am I the only that, just seeing the first two screenshots of Windows 7 and Ubuntu on the first page, thinks that Windows visually looks like total crap in comparison to Ubuntu?
    Yeah, I thought so too. Not to mention in terms of functionality and space taken on disk. I never actually seen the two side by side so windows 7 never struck me as terribly ugly. However, I'm sure deanjo is just around the corner to tell you why windows 7 looks so much better than ubuntu.

    Back on topic, nice to see at least one linux graphics driver outperforming the windows equivalent

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    Quote Originally Posted by smitty3268 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by phoronix View Post
    such as S3TC texture compression support and other patented features that cannot be implemented in the open-source stack.
    Correction - this is already implemented in the open-source stack, you just have to turn it on.

    I'm not sure if this says more about the Intel Linux driver or the Intel Windows driver. But it's good news to have the hardware be competitive in Linux, I suppose, like the proprietary drivers do for ATI and NVidia hardware.
    One thing that isn't clear to me... wouldn't the rights to use the patented technologies have been paid for by purchasing the hardware? [it's not like vendors sell their drivers]

    I understand that there might be an interest to protect proprietary information behind a technology, or hide implementation details of DRM protections... but if there is an independent S3TC implementation wouldn't I have the right to use it simply because I have the hardware

    [yes I realize legal agreements are hardly written that way...]

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