[ubuntu-x] review in phoronix: "The [new] Intel Linux Driver Kills The Netbook Experience [but it's improving]"

Bryce Harrington bryce at canonical.com
Wed Jul 15 18:01:08 BST 2009

Michael Larabel - btw Alpha-3 (due next week) would be a good candidate
to do performance testing/comparisons against, for -intel.  We're
anticipating including the 2.8.0 driver in that, which fixes a bunch of
KMS issues and should largely solve the jaunty performance problems.

In fact even alpha-2 is a pretty solid advance for non-KMS cases and
should compare well against jaunty.  Alpha-2 fixed a metric ton of
issues that had been reported against Jaunty, between the 2.6.30 kernel
and the updated X infrastructure (xserver+mesa+libdrm+-intel).


On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 09:37:15AM -0700, Dan Kegel wrote:
> http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=intel_atom_os&num=2
> "Beginning with the Java 2D Microbenchmark, the vector graphics
> performance was many times better under OpenSolaris 2009.06. However,
> the reason for this is quite simple. OpenSolaris 2009.06 continues to
> use all of the older X.Org/Mesa packages that were released previous
> to all of the invasive work that was done for the Graphics Execution
> Manager, DRI2, and kernel mode-setting. For months in many articles we
> have been talking about how the Intel 2D/3D performance has been
> drastically degraded and The Intel Linux Driver Kills The Netbook
> Experience. With Ubuntu 9.04 using the newer (bugged) Intel code while
> OpenSolaris is lagging behind with the X/Mesa packages is actually of
> benefit to Sun, but hopefully by the time the next OpenSolaris release
> rolls around (and Ubuntu 9.10), all of these Intel issues will be
> corrected. Some of the performance issues are in fact already
> corrected in their latest kernel, DDX, and Mesa code."
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