Earlier this week we had published ATI benchmarks of the
open-source Mesa stack and X.Org in the Ubuntu releases going back to
Ubuntu 7.04. While the open-source graphics drivers have matured a lot
over the past eighteen months and many new features have been added, the
ATI performance with an R430 GPU really hadn't improved in the newer
releases. To see if the open-source Intel situation is any different, we
have carried out similar tests with an Intel 945G Chipset across the
past four Ubuntu releases.