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I am pleased to announce the next iteration of the Intel® Graphics Installer for Linux*, version 1.0.2, is being tested in-house. We expect to release on Monday, 29 July 2013. This release will support graphics upgrades for users of Ubuntu* 13.04 and Fedora* 19.
Søren Sandmann Pedersen, maintainer of the pixman library that is at the heart of the software rasteriser in Cairo and X, argues that with all things being equal an integrated graphics processor should never be able to outperform the main processor for rendering Cairo.
The Nvidia ion GPU was released a few years back to cater for the low power netbook market as a substantial upgrade for the anemic Intel GMA950 (or 945gm as it is better known to us) that shipped as the integrated graphics processor in the first Atoms.