Intel's GMA500 graphics chipset has been a source of pain for a few years;
unlike almost everything else from Intel, it lacks a free driver. That
situation appears to be changing, though: Alan Cox has posted a new GMA500 driver
for the staging tree.
Alan says "Currently it's unaccelerated but still pretty snappy even
compositing with the frame buffer X server.
" It seems that quite a
bit of work is needed (the driver is going into staging for a reason), and
it's not clear when (or how) proper 3D support will be added, but it's a
step in the right direction.
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