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Intel Can't Ship Their Own Driver With Their MeeGo OS

Jul 17, 2010, 15:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

"With the introduction of Intel's Poulsbo (GMA 500) chipset it marked a point at which Intel's Linux graphics support was no longer stellar, but as they had outsourced the graphics IP from Imagination Technologies, they could not provide an open-source driver stack like they do with their in-house IGPs. Not only was this Intel Poulsbo Linux driver closed-source, but the level of support was appalling and it was a bloody mess of a situation. The overall situation since has only become worse and even MeeGo (their own Linux OS) will be shipping without Intel's EMGD driver.

"The Intel Poulsbo DRM was open-source, but it was rejected from the mainline Linux kernel since the user-space X.Org Poulsbo driver remained a binary blob. This closed-source driver was really targeted and designed for the Moblin operating system, so often times it was difficult to get it running on other Linux distributions (to this day the situation remains a mess)."

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