"The management of video hardware has long been an area of
weakness in the Linux system (and free operating systems in
general). The X Window System tends to get a lot of the blame for
problems in this area, but the truth of the matter is that the
problems are more widespread and the kernel has never made it easy
for X to do this job properly. Graphics processors (GPUs) have
gotten steadily more powerful, to the point that, by some measures,
they are the fastest processor on most systems, but kernel support
for the programming of GPUs has lagged behind. A lot of work is
being done to remedy this situation, though, and an important
component of that work has just been put forward for inclusion into
the mainline kernel..."
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