Intel has sent in another round of graphics driver changes to be queued up in DRM-Next for the Linux 3.19 kernel.
The Intel DRM driver for Linux 3.19 already has initial Intel Skylake graphics support and numerous other changes. Daniel Vetter today sent in yet another drm-next pull request and he says the Intel team will have one more pull request in the coming days once it clears their QA/validation process.
Today's "drm-intel-next-2014-11-07" pull request has Skylake watermark code, reworked audio codec/ELD handling code, Skylake force-wake support, Cherryview support improvements, golden context support for Skylake, and tons of other fixes and improvements.
Find out the full list of these exciting Intel open-source Linux kernel graphics driver improvements via the mailing list pull request. The Linux 3.19 kernel cycle will get underway officially next month once Linux 3.18 has been christened.
The latest massive set of Linux test data we have to share with Linux gamers and enthusiasts is a look at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 when using the very newest open-source Radeon graphics driver code. The very latest open-source Radeon driver code tested with these popular Valve Linux games were the Linux 3.18 Git kernel, Mesa 10.4-devel, LLVM 3.6 SVN, and xf86-video-ati 7.5.99. With this bleeding edge code there were sixteen AMD Radeon graphics cards tested from low to high-end and spanning several generations. Beyond looking at the frame-rate results, there's also power consumption, performance-per-Watt, GPU core temperature, and CPU usage to go along with all of these results.
While the Intel X99 series motherboards are popular right now with the Intel Core i7 Haswell Extreme Edition CPUs, some of these motherboards are also compatible with the Haswell-based Xeon processors. The MSI X99S SLI PLUS does officially support a number of the Haswell-EP Xeon processors, including the E5-2687W v3 that's a ten core processor plus Hyper Threading. In making for some interesting Linux results, MSI kindly sent over the Xeon E5-1680 v3 and E5-2687W v3 to test them with their X99S SLI PLUS motherboard under a variety of conditions with Linux.
This week Intel updated its Linux Graphics Installer for Fedora 20 and Ubuntu 14.04, but as usual, it's really nothing too special and doesn't earn my high recommendation as there's better ways for users to be running the latest open-source graphics code.
The Intel Linux Graphics Installer 1.0.7 release makes it easy to deploy their "2014Q3 Linux Graphics Stack" on the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Fedora 20 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The 2014Q3 stack is defined as the Linux 3.16.2 kernel, Mesa 10.3, xf86-video-intel 2.99.911, libdrm 2.4.56, libva 1.4.0, and X.Org Server 1.16.0. These software components have been talked about for a long while already on Phoronix.
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Daniel Vetter has sent in his latest drm-intel-next pull request for DRM graphics driver code targeting the Linux 3.19 kernel.
There's just 2~3 weeks until DRM-Next is closing early again for Linux 3.19 so Vetter on Monday sent in another pull request. There's already been new code queued up that includes initial hardware enablement for Skylake while more code is ready now.
The latest batch of Intel DRM changes for the next kernel cycle include suspend/resume/freeze/thaw unification work, WA list improvements, more kernel documentation of the i915 driver code, 180 rotation support for cursors, and many fixes all over the place.