Congrats to Intel: they showed today what it means to be committed to Open Source: shortly after the new intel platform, Santa Rosa, was released, Keith Packard announced that full drivers for the new Intel graphics cards are available.
Keith works at Intel under a NDA (afaik) to develop the X drivers. And since he is also mainly responsible for other huge X.Org improvements, the development of the Intel drivers is pretty close to the development of X. Therefore, the Intel graphics drivers are the best you get compared to other graphics drivers for Linux.
Btw., reading the announcement and also the intellinuxgraphics page one thing struck my eyes: it is said that “X.Org 2.0 driver” supports the new chipset. I’m now a bit confused if that means that the driver will have version 2.0 – or if that means that X.Org server 2.0 will come along with drivers supporting the new chipset. Keep in mind that the driver has now its own version cycle, independent form the rest of the X.Org package!
If I understand it in the right way I wonder when the new server is supposed to get out…