Announcing free software graphics drivers for Intel i965 chipset

Keith Packard keithp at
Wed Aug 9 12:31:34 PDT 2006

The Intel Open Source Technology Center graphics team is pleased to announce
the immediate availability of free software drivers for the Intel® 965
Express Chipset family graphics controller. These drivers include support
for 2D and 3D graphics features for the newest generation Intel graphics
architecture. The project Web site is

This release represents the start of a long term effort by Intel to work
with the and Mesa communities to continuously improve and enhance
the drivers.  While these drivers represent significant work at both
Tungsten Graphics and Intel, as our first release of this code, they're
still in need of significant testing, tuning and bug fixing before
they'll be ready for production use. We're releasing them now to
demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing free software drivers
for Intel hardware.

The Intel® 965 Express Chipset represents the first product family that
implements fourth generation Intel graphics architecture. Designed to
support advanced rendering features in modern graphics APIs, this chipset
family includes support for programmable vertex, geometry, and fragment
shaders. By open sourcing the drivers for this new technology, Intel enables
the open source community to experiment, develop, and contribute to the
continuing advancement of open source 3D graphics.

We would like to especially thank our partners at Tungsten Graphics - Alan
Hourihane and Keith Whitwell - for developing the new 3D driver and enhancing
the 2D driver to support the new hardware. 

Intel has assembled a team within the Open Source Technology Center to
manage Intel graphics driver development going forward:


        Eric Anholt <eric.anholt at>
        Guangdeng Liao <guangdeng.laio at>
        Keith Packard <keith.packard at>
        Zhenyu Wang < at>


        Gordon Jin <gordon.jin at>
        Shuang He <shuang.he at>
        Wang Wei < at>
        Weiliang Chong <weiliang.chong at>
        Wu Nian <nian.wu at>

Following the release of this driver, future work will continue in the
public and Mesa project source code repositories. The project Web site,, will serve as the central site for users of
Intel graphics hardware in open source operating systems.

keith.packard at
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