Donnerstag, 30. September 2010

New Intel graphics drivers released

The Fedora developers among you will be aware: there is a Fedora Test Day with a focus on the Intel graphics card driver today (Thursday the 30th). The driver that is being tested afaics is xorg-x11-drv-intel (also known as xf86-video-intel) version 2.12.0, release 6.fc14 -- the latest F14 build as of today.

Oh, and something else happened today: After three months of development Carl Worth released a xf86-video-intel version 2.13.0. Quoting the release announcement: "[...] With the many bug fixes in this release, we encourage everyone using 2.12 to upgrade to 2.13. [...]"

So people that participate in the testing today might run into bugs that that are fixed in 2.13 or in its pre-release already. But what is even worse from my point of view: With the new and recently ratified Fedora updates policy it seems unlikely to me that Fedora 14 will update to 2.13 ever (note: unlikely still means it's possible!).

My head simply fails to understand why that is the right thing to do in this and similar cases. Even worse: lot's of other distributions have similar policies, so it's take months or years till the fixes the Intel developers worked out in the past three months make their way to regular end users.