Gone are the days when Linux was an operating system where nothing could be played regarding gaming. As it crosses into the mainstream, Linux is bringing an increasingly faster number of updates, including those for graphic drivers to play some of the latest game releases.
Just a few days ago, Linux was updated to version 6.0, and the next update, Linux 6.1, will feature several improvements for the graphics cards based on AMD RDNA2, RDNA 3, Intel Alchemist DG2, and Meteor Lake. Though, Nvidia, however, is nowhere to be seen.
One of the focuses of Linux 6.1 seems to be regarding the graphics drivers of many GPUs, offering support and improvements to the RX 6000 and RX 7000 GPUs arriving in November, along with the Intel Arc, such as the A750 and A770, which will be launched next week.
Meteor Lake, for example, will bring integrated graphics to Intel’s 14th Gen Core processors via the Alchemist DG2 architecture. That means they will use the current Intel Arc architecture. These updates to the DRM and the KMS have also recently been submitted for the upcoming Linux 6.1 merge window, as seen in this pull request for Linux Torvalds.
Further updates to Intel include:
Updated DMC firmware focusing on DG2 architecture
Enhanced HDMI pixel clock handling
Meteor Lake support with the Intel i915 driver
Numerous updates to the Intel Arc Graphics GPUs
There is also improved support for AMD RDVA Vulkan mesh shader and new IPs for the company’s upcoming graphics cards, such as the Radeon RX 7000. The focus, however, is on the current RDNA 2. This, corresponding to the RX 6000 GPUs, will receive support for the new “ode2” reset.
On the other hand, NVIDIA Nouveau drivers have not received any updates in Linux 6.1. However, there have been further modifications to the drivers, specifically for Qualcomm Adreno 600 GPU recovery, support for MT8195 DP with MediaTek drivers, and support for RK3568 found in the Rockchip DRM driver.
What do you think of Nvidia’s slow pace in adapting to Linux 6.1 compared to AMD and Intel? Let us know in the comments down below!