"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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