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Back in May we shared that the Ubuntu Intel graphics performance was still in bad shape after testing out very early Ubuntu 9.10 packages. Months have passed, but we have just carried out some new tests using Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 3. This new development release of Ubuntu carries the latest kernel, Mesa, and Intel driver packages as we see how the graphics performance is with an Intel 945 and G43 chipsets.
Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 3 ships with a development snapshot of the Linux 2.6.31 kernel, the GNOME 2.27.4 desktop, X Server 1.6.2 RC1, xf86-video-intel 2.8.0, and Mesa 7.5. This is in contrast to Ubuntu 9.04 with its Linux 2.6.28 kernel, GNOME 2.26.1, X Server 1.6.0, xf86-video-intel 2.6.3, and Mesa 7.4. It is the xf86-video-intel 2.8.0 driver that completely kills EXA and DRI1 in favor of using the EXA-derived UXA acceleration architecture that leverages the Graphics Execution Manager.