While the Linux 3.5 kernel is still weeks away from being released (we're not even at 3.5-rc3 yet!), the Intel DRM graphics driver changes have already begun to queue up for the Linux 3.6 kernel.
In making way for some interesting Linux benchmarks coming up, here's some of the results from last month that haven't yet been published. This is a brief look at Mesa 8.0 vs. 8.1-devel Git for Intel Ivy Bridge hardware.
Ubuntu developers are looking at enabling support for Intel SNA acceleration within the open-source graphics driver for the Ubuntu 12.10 release.
While not yet the default means of 2D acceleration for the Intel driver, the SNA architecture is even reportedly performing well -- better than UXA -- for the old Intel 855.
Intel continues to work on Linux kernel patches for ZPODD support.
Intel's Open-Source Technology Center team has published a massive set of 43 patches for "Fastboot" support with their open-source Linux graphics driver.
Aside from Intel's Open-Source Technology Center finally releasing PowerTOP 2.0, developers at the company have also finally released a stable version of another one of their initiatives: ConnMan.
Mesa is finally getting closer to properly supporting MSAA, a.k.a. Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing, but for now this is just Intel Sandy Bridge supported.
As a word of caution for anyone that was hoping Thunderbolt (a.k.a. Light Peak) was in good shape for Linux, the Intel technology doesn't appear to be quite ready yet.
There's many more Ivy Bridge Linux tests coming out in the next few weeks, but here's some new results today for the Core i7 3770K processor looking at the overclocking results and effects of Turbo Boost and Hyper Threading.
The xf86-video-intel 2.19.0 DDX driver was released this week to provide more stability fixes for UXA acceleration as well as provide support for the Intel Ivy Bridge GT2 server chip.
For those interested in Tizen, the latest Intel Linux distribution effort succeeding Moblin and MeeGo, version 1.0 "Larkspur" is now available with an SDK and the source-code is out for developers.
Aside from all the Linux gaming news this week, the past few days were also particularly exciting due to Intel's launch of the much-anticipated Ivy Bridge processor line-up. There were launch-day Linux benchmarks of the Intel Core i7 3770K on Phoronix plus many more articles are currently in the publishing pipeline.
Zhigang Gong on the behalf of the Intel China team released Glamor 0.4 as the latest work on the unique Glamor acceleration architecture for the Intel X.Org driver.
A few interesting patch-sets were published today concerning Wayland.
Intel's Ian Romanick has made progress in his long side-project of compiling OpenGL assembly shaders to GLSL IR. He's now up to the point of being able to run the Doom 3 binaries with this conversion work for Mesa.
While we're still several weeks out from even seeing the release of the Linux 3.4 kernel, Intel's developers working on their open-source Linux graphics driver stack have already begun planning their merge of changes for the Linux 3.5 kernel.
While Intel has a lot of interesting work going on right now within their Linux kernel DRM driver and elsewhere within their open-source graphics stack, operating systems like OpenIndiana/Illumos and FreeBSD are still catching up, but they're still a ways off.
A mailing list message this morning raises the possibility that Intel's open-source graphics developers could soon be working on GPGPU/OpenCL support.
Intel's open-source Linux graphics developers remain confident that we're likely to the final chapter of the lets-try-rc6-by-default-one-more-time saga. The RC6 power-savings feature for Sandy Bridge graphics hardware should hopefully be -- finally -- sane to keep enabled by default.
While Intel's Ivy Bridge launch is imminent, and I'm still digging through information concerning today's Intel Valleyview code drop that brings Ivy Bridge graphics to their next-generation Atom as they do away with PowerVR graphics for their SoCs, more graphics driver code to enable Haswell support has landed this evening.
It's a very good week for open-source graphics drivers. Besides AMD releasing open-source support for Southern Islands and Trinity, Intel released the first bits of open-source Haswell support too. This afternoon, Intel has released open-source driver support for Valley View. Valley View is a CedarView-like Atom SoC, but rather than being crippled with PowerVR graphics, it has Ivy Bridge graphics.
Recently I published benchmarks showing performance boosts for Intel Sandy Bridge with the Linux 3.3 and future 3.4 kernel DRM code, but how's the Mesa 8.1-devel performance looking?
The open-source Intel Linux graphics driver code for Intel's 2013 platform, Haswell, has begun to surface.
Arriving this weekend for the open-source Intel DRM graphics driver for the Linux kernel were new -- nearly re-written -- hardware context support patches.
Eric Anholt of Intel has just published the first patch-set for supporting version 1.40 of GLSL, the GL Shading Language, for Mesa.
Tizen, the Moblin-Maemo-MeeGo offspring, has seen its release of its SDK, the SDK source-code, the Tizen Web UI framework, and the Tizen Web API as beta. The developers still plan to have a final Tizen release out in the second quarter of this year.
One day after putting out the Intel 12.02 package, Intel released the xf86-video-intel 2.18.0 DDX driver.
Intel released its "12.02 graphics driver" package today for Linux, which advertises stable support for the Intel Ivy Bridge platform.
The x32 effort, an undertaking to provide a native 32-bit ABI for x86_64 on Linux, is finally moving closer to fruition. Peter Anvin has published the set of x32 patches for the Linux kernel that are now up for review and comments.
970 Intel news articles published on Phoronix.