The X Strike Force needs you! (redux)
This time, the focus is on the
UMS are going to be used heavily below, one may
want to check the
mode-setting wikipedia article
modesetting page on X.org.
Intel follows a 3-month cycle for its video driver releases. Some comments on the last ones:
2.9: What we’ve had in Debian for some time already. Works mostly fine, supports both
UMS. What we’ve planned to release with for some time already.
2.10: First version with ripped-off
UMSsupport. Not a significant improvement.
2.11: Apparently (still) having a bunch of regressions from 2.9, which is why we didn’t switch to it.
2.12: Many regressions are supposed to be fixed, meaning it could compete with
2.9, which is why we need you.
It’d be nice to have users install
experimental and see
how it goes from here. If regressions are found, we should be able to
try hard(er) to get them fixed, so that we can move
unstable and release with it. If there are too many of them, and if
they’re not going to be fixed on time, we might stick with
Pulling the driver from
experimental should be quite easy:
packages are going to be upgraded, but that’s mostly it (meaning the
server itself will stay the same, and rolling back should be as easy
as downgrading the driver and the
A note on
UMS: a benefit of sticking with
2.9 was being
able to switch back to
UMS in case
KMS wasn’t usable for some
cards. Unfortunately, popular/well-spread cards like
well supported yet, that’s why Chris Wilson (upstream) is considering
UMS support again for that kind of blacklisted
cards. This way, it should be possible to move to
Chris’ work) without leaving some users behind.
Feedback appreciated as follows:
2.9used to work and if
2.12doesn’t: please file a bug upstream.