Xorg 7.6 Mega Package for Wary

I have created a "Mega Package" to upgrade Wary from Xorg 7.3 to 7.6. Note, I was earlier referring to it as an upgrade to 7.5, but in fact it is 7.6.

This upgrade PET will be made available when the first alpha of Wary 5.2 is released. Soon.

The good news, on my new laptop (Acer Aspire 5742G) the Intel driver now works. With Xorg 7.3 I had to use the 'vesa' driver, and as '915resolution' cannot recognise my Intel hardware, I cannot run at the native 1366x768', instead have to use 1024x768.
But, with the proper Intel driver I now have 1366x768 resolution.

Another bit of good news is that /usr/sbin/xorgwizard-automatic (the fully automatic Xorg Wizard) got me to the desktop with correct Intel driver and resolution.

There is also some bad news...

The 'vesa' driver is incredibly slow. Everything is sluggish, the mouse pointer is jerky, scrolling is painful. Unusable.

Over the last three years I have come to expect the Intel Xorg driver to be less than satisfactory. Unfortunately, my expectation was once again fulfilled.
It works ok, seems fairly snappy but I haven't stress-tested it yet. What is annoying is the bits of cruft left behind on the screen -- Intel can't seem to get that right. It is only sometimes, we can live with it, well, we have to.

More things to do. Next-up will be to fix Flsynclient, which also needs to be upgraded to work with Xorg 7.6.


Posted on 13 Sep 2011, 8:55


Comments:

Posted on 13 Sep 2011, 16:56 by Sage
"Intel can't seem to get that (or anything!) right"
- been saying so for years. Just check their technical record, it's appalling. They've visited huge losses on their shareholders despite the operation of the cartel yielding obscene profits. They are, of course, joined at the hip to you-know-who.

It seems to me that where a distro has a lone (or few) principal developer(s), there emerges a disparate group of albeit expert collaborators who try valiantly to assist in an entirely serendipitous way. What the majors have but the others do not is a layer of controls and clearly defined targets, to use a profanity - management. Very difficult to organise if you're the main man. The majors have labs with every conceivable printer, video card, modem/router, monitor and motherboard on the benches. One group will be tasked to print a test page on a thousand printers and not much else; ditto the other facilities.
It might be possible to do something approaching, perhaps exceeding, this when the collaborators are dispersed? But it would need coordination from the centre. When a specialist in one aspect moves on, a replacement needs to be recruited. BK does a fair job of all these functions at present, but more by random walks of PM s, Forum & Blog requests, etc. It's too much for one individual. It becomes a matter of luck as to whether a guru volunteer shows up at any appropriate moment.
Someone to maintain a spreadsheet, or better an old-fashioned wall chart to plot progress, personnel, targets would be helpful; direction from the centre would still be necessary. Someone needed to expanded their into strategy planning? An Aussie would be best in order to work to the same clock as BK?


Posted on 13 Sep 2011, 21:39 by Sage
Intel & Linux
This from DWW will cheer everyone around here:
"39 Intel card (by Jesse on 2011-09-13 12:07:40 GMT from Canada)
>> "Mr. Jesse: You seem to always do well with your Intel graphic card while I always stuck with the black screen problem. May I know what you did? Any configurations?"

Honestly I don't do anything special to get the card to work. My laptop just has an Intel card which works well with Linux. Next week's Q&A will probably deal with Intel cards. It might be helpful for you.
40 Re: 39 Intel Card (by Leo on 2011-09-13 12:57:47 GMT from United States)
Same here. I have 1 laptop (dell) and 2 netbooks (1 dell, one asus) with Intel graphics. They have all been running Ubuntu for ages. There was one release a couple years back with poor acceleration, but a workaround was posted, and that was about it."