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Re: Bad news for old Intel video


i8xx is actually in a pretty good state right now. In Ubuntu since Maverick,
the X server is running the fbdev driver, and all (I think) of the stability
problems are fixed, but at a noticeable performance degradation.

Upstream, a fix has been released since the 2.6.38-rc7 kernel which seems to
make the -intel driver stable for many people, at least with i855 and later
(i835 and i845 are still a little funky, but I've heard that's because the
cards themselves are just strangely designed). It's ironic actually --
Ubuntu dropped support for i8xx at the exact time that upstream started
making real progress with the bugs in those cards.

In short, I don't see a reason why this should actually affect users of
these cards. The only real potential problem I see is when Wayland starts
being added.


On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 6:52 PM, Yorvyk <yorvik.ubunto@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> This passed me by, but is not good news for the sort of machines we are
> targeting.
> "In natty, we stopped Ubuntu development support for the 8xx chipset; these
> may still work OK with the -intel driver but we no longer field bug reports
> or backport fixes for them. This policy will continue in oneiric, but we'll
> re-evaluate for oneiric+1. Meanwhile, please work with upstream directly for
> 8xx problems."
> --
> Steve Cook (Yorvyk)
> http://lubuntu.net
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