When Intel released their "Sandy Bridge" processors in early
January with next-generation graphics, the Linux support was widely
criticized as although they had been working on the open-source Linux
driver for nearly one year at that time, it wasn't a pleasurable "out of
the box" experience and building open-source graphics drivers on Linux
can be a real pain. With Ubuntu 11.04, which was released at the end of
April, this "Natty Narwhal" release still largely misses the Sandy
Bridge support train.