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A new release of the Intel Graphics Installer for Linux is now available for download.

The tool, made by the Intel Open-Source Group, gives Linux users an easy way to install the latest Intel graphics drivers on Ubuntu and other supported Linux distributions.

Intel say using the tool to install the latest Intel Graphics Stack helps “ensure the best user experience with your Intel graphics hardware”.

Earlier versions of the tool were blighted by issues that often hosed entire systems. So, starting last year, Intel no longer upgrades the xserver-xorg package on Ubuntu or Fedora desktops.

Intel Graphics Installer 1.2.0 Now Supports Vivid

Graphics, yo.

Version 1.2.0 of the Intel Graphics Installer adds support for Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet and drops support for Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn.

And when we say it ‘drops support’ we really do mean it. Unlike previous releases, where  older versions were moved into a semi-supported ‘deprecated’ status, Intel say this tool will ‘not function correctly’ on Utopic Unicorn desktops.

But if you’re running Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet you can make full use of the tool and upgrade to the very latest Intel Graphics Stack.

Intel Graphics Stack 2015Q2

The Intel Graphics Stack 2015Q2 contains (as always) a massive set of bug fixes, feature enhancements and general improvements to the standard Intel Linux 2D and 3D drivers.

Among them:

  • Broadwell and CherryView CPU support now stable
  • Write-combine CPU memory support
  • Dual-link DSI support
  • Faster GPU progress tracking
  • Improved Engine initialisation code
  • On going Skylake preparation
  • VP9 decoding support (Intel-vaapi-driver)
  • HEVC encoding support (Intel-vaapi-driver)

To download the installer, find a list of supported hardware, or for links to further information on this release, head over to the Intel Open Source Group project website.

Download Intel Graphics Installer for Linux 1.2.0

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