Intel Shafting Linux Users With Clover Trail: No Support
Phoronix: Intel Shafting Linux Users With Clover Trail: No Support
While Intel can be loved for consistently supporting their in-house products under Linux, and their Open-Source Technology Center (OTC) makes great strides at improving Linux from open-source contributions to the Mesa graphics stack to doing all sorts of kernel-level work along with major contributions to WebKit, Tizen, Wayland, and other key open-source components, they have a new blemish. It appears Intel won't be supporting their forthcoming Atom "Clover Trail" hardware under Linux...
I think this is the better decision than half-baked support. Why pretend when third party restrictions on the IP make it impossible to provide proper support and updates over the product life-cycle?
I had the same line of thought. The second Michael said it used PowerVR my initial reaction "Well, no loss to us!" Very happy to see that Intel is now confident enough in their own GPU lineup to be using it (with Valley View) instead of licensing PowerVR
I wouldn't call it "shafting". I think it's just a different department / branch of Intel that likes to do things the ass-backwards way. So just avoid buying those products and those people in that PowerVR branch of Intel will get all laid off for not being as profitable. IMO, sounds more like the higher ups at Intel are just chasing after every potential revenue stream, which I really don't have a problem with as long as Intel does provide other solutions that make me happy.
I'm still looking forward to buying Haswell for my next laptop.
If it's using PowerVr it's useless anyway. The question is when will ValleyView arrive ? I've heard things like the end of 2013 which is quite late. I'm hoping it will arrive sooner than that, in the first half of 2013.
To be honest I'm happy there will be no support for another PowerVR chip. If you are going to make support it should work well or otherwise just don't do it. A situation like the one with previous PowerVR chips was just a bad point in the intel history, even if it was not a real intel product there was the intel brand in the notebooks. I'm happy they will do serious support for the next generation, Valley View, and I strongly hope they will just do the same (and hopefully even better) support for the next chips from that one going on.