Dirndl On Intel's Sandy (Bridge) Is Hot
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 10 June 2011 at 08:27 AM EDT. 18 Comments
To some frustration, the big software announcement that's codenamed Dirndl hasn't yet hit wire. I'm told the company is deciding within the next couple of hours whether they want to issue a press release on a Friday or hold off until next week, but regardless of the day of week it will generate a lot of attention due to this game-changing move. Soon as I hear it's hit the wire, a four-page Phoronix article is in the queue.

Fortunately, at least, the company doesn't seem to object to these hints being dropped while using the Phoronix codename of Dirndl. Phoronix readers are certainly interested in what's being open-sourced with there being pages of speculations in the forums, which may or may not be correct. The company in question may offer something "special" to Phoronix readers if the release is pushed back to next week, but we'll see how today pans out.

Yesterday evening I showed off the Dirndl performance on an AMD Opteron, which was fantastic compared to the status quo. This morning here are some more benchmarks showing what Intel's Sandy Bridge CPU looks like in a Dirndl. In particular, a Core i5 2520M.

Sandy's quite good in a Dirndl, as expected. Now to wait a few hours and can hopefully then blow the top on this story... The wait should at least be worth it for any serious enthusiasts and software developers. With these delays, at least plenty of Bavarian references and jokes can be made out of the codename to pass the time. In the meantime, I'll see if Mesa / Gallium3D can fit into a Dirndl. More details on Twitter.

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