Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Sep 2009 22:29 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Linux Open source 3D graphics drivers for ATI R600 garphics cards has been submitted to the kernel-next tree for possible inclusion in the Linux kernel 2.6.32. "David Airlie has pushed a horde of new code into his drm-next Git tree, which is what will get pulled into the Linux 2.6.32 kernel once the merge window is open. Most prominently, this new DRM code brings support for kernel mode-setting with R600 class hardware as well as 3D support."
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"[q]Please note that Intel graphics driver for Linux are written by Intel. They are not written by the people who are intimately familiar with the Linux kernel or the xorg graphics stack.
What the heck? The Intel graphic driver for Linux are written by none other than Keith Packard, the project leader of xorg. All the new stuffs like DRI2 and KMS are also developed by Keith and co. Please get your fact straight. "

OK, fair enough. How is it then that Intel drivers for Linux have gotten themselves into such a horible tangle recently? Performance regressions and dropped functionality all over the place.

Perhaps xorg needs a new project leader. [/q]

No the problem seems to be that of ignoring either the older hardware or not having it around to test things on.

As usual, we have sites like phoronix to thank for these kinds of messes.

If they weren't so busy shilling for people to run out and buy the latest and greatest overpriced ATI and Nvidia card, doubt that there would be the problems there are.

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