The year began with Intel launching their "Sandy Bridge"
processors. While the CPU performance was very impressive for these
latest-generation Intel processors, the graphics performance under Linux
was a problem. The drivers were not ready in time. Well, they actually
were technically available, but in Git source form and not easy for
Linux desktop customers. There were also some initial hurdles in the
Sandy Bridge Linux graphics support. However, over the past year, the
Intel OSTC developers working on the open-source graphics support have
dramatically improved the situation. As this article recaps the
performance over the past year, Sandy Bridge is now rocking under Linux
and Ivy Bridge is ready to go.