The Intel Graphics Update Tool for Linux v2.0.2 has a new name (it used to be called the ‘Intel Graphics Installer for Linux’) and offers users the chance to upgrade to the 2016Q2 Intel Graphics Stack.
This kernel, drive and module pack offers a number of technical sounding improvements, including:
- Frame Buffer Compression on all platforms
- Panel Self-Refresh on Haswell, Broadwell
- Display power saving features
- Initial support for Broxton, Kaby Lake
- MESA 11.2.2
Intel says it renamed the tool ‘in order to more accurately reflect the purpose of the tool’, as most modern Linux distributions include an Intel graphics driver out of the box, no need for any additional ‘installers’ .
“This tool aims to make the latest Intel Graphics Stack available before it gets officially released by Linux* OS vendors. Specifically, it benefits those Linux users of both Ubuntu and Fedora distributions wanting to update their graphics subsystems for Intel platforms.”
Version 2.0.2 of the update tool supports Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Fedora 24. Earlier version of these distributions are no longer supported.
For more details or to grab the latest release, dally on over to Intel 01.org’s official page at the link below.
Please pay close attention to the list of known issues, caveats and install info on the downloads page, and heed the advice on not force-installing packages.
Although a handy way to get the latest Intel graphics stack on Ubuntu, this tool also makes it very easy to hose your entire system.
If in doubt, don’t play about!
Thanks to Andrew B!