The fixes for i915 drm drivers that enable people to use laptops with Intel's built-in graphics system are supposed to all find their way into 2.6.39. We can hope they will then be backported to the maintained 2.6.3x.y releases. Meanwhile, the action has shifted to supporting Intel's Sandy Bridge graphics system.
Experiences with the i915 driver make me nostalgic for the late '90s. Intel still has room for improvement in providing drivers coincident with the hardware release. Thanks to all for the lots o' hard work.