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Intel's 2D Performance With X.Org Server 1.9

Aug 13, 2010, 22:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

"X.Org Server 1.9 is set to be released as soon as next week, has already been pulled into Ubuntu 10.10, and is part of the X.Org 7.6 katamari. While X.Org Server 1.9 does not bring many exciting end-user changes like previously releases that introduced RandR 1.2, Multi-Pointer X / X Input 2.0, and other new technologies, there are plenty of bug fixes and other minor improvements throughout the X Server. In this article, we are looking at how the Intel DDX driver performance changes when upgrading from X.Org Server 1.8.2 to the latest X.Org Server 1.9 development code.

"For this X performance testing we used a Samsung NC10 netbook with an Intel Atom N270 CPU, 2GB of system memory, a 32GB OCZ Core Series SSD, and Intel 945GME IGP graphics. On the software side was Ubuntu 10.10 with the Linux 2.6.35-14-generic i686 kernel, GNOME 2.30.2, xf86-video-intel 2.12.0, Mesa 7.8.2, GCC 4.4.5, and an EXT4 file-system. We compared the performance with X.Org Server 1.8.1.902 (1.8.2 RC2) and then when we pulled in the first Maverick packages of X.Org Server 1.8.99.905 (1.9.0 RC5) along with the rebuilt X.Org driver packages to accommodate the new ABIs."

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