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posted by martyb on Wednesday April 05 2017, @11:33AM   Printer-friendly
from the coding-skills-on-display dept.

LinuxGizmos has an interesting article on how an Intel Engineer fixed up Linux's DisplayPort compliance, and got the kernel patch moved upstream.

At ELC 2017, Intel's Manasi Navare described how she patched Linux 4.12 for true DisplayPort compliance, and offered tips on pushing patches upstream.

If you've ever hooked up a Linux computer to a DisplayPort monitor and encountered only a flickering or blank screen, we've got good news for you. A graphics kernel developer at Intel's Open Source Technology Center has solved the problem with a patch that will go into Linux Kernel 4.12. Manasi Navare's patch modifies Atomic Kernel Mode Setting (KMS) technology to gracefully drop down to a lower resolution to display the image.

"Someone had to fix this problem, so I said okay, I have the knowledge and I have the community to help me," said Navare at the recent Embedded Linux Conference.


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @01:25PM (12 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @01:25PM (#489129)

    > she patched Linux 4.12 for true DisplayPort compliance

    And I'm sure she was met with nothing but hostility and vitriol because of the inherent misogyny in tech.

    What's that? She wasn't?

    Well.. fuck.

    How about some good 'ol racism because she isn't white?

    None of that either? Damn it.

    It's almost like they only cared about the code being good..

    (On a serious note, thanks Manasi for your contributions!)

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  • (Score: 2) by butthurt on Wednesday April 05 2017, @05:19PM (5 children)

    by butthurt (6141) on Wednesday April 05 2017, @05:19PM (#489224) Journal

    About a year ago, Intel's work force was "75 percent male and a combined 86 percent white and Asian." It's amazing how far they've come.

    http://wksu.org/post/intel-discloses-diversity-data-challenges-tech-industry-follow-suit [wksu.org]

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Nerdfest on Wednesday April 05 2017, @06:27PM (4 children)

      by Nerdfest (80) on Wednesday April 05 2017, @06:27PM (#489265)

      As a guess, if they've moved beyond that, and are hiring in North America, to vary much from those number means they're practicing discriminatory hiring. Shouldn't their 'diversity' numbers be pretty close to those of university's graduation rates?

      Also, why lump "white and Asian" together?

      • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Wednesday April 05 2017, @06:42PM

        by kaszz (4211) on Wednesday April 05 2017, @06:42PM (#489277) Journal

        In worldwide IQ surveys white and Asian people tend to come up with top scores. Being thing oriented and taking initiative also favors male think styles, ie also persons with female sex but male brain. Which makes the current employee mix become quite clear why it is as it is.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @08:14PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 05 2017, @08:14PM (#489319)

        "Also, why lump "white and Asian" together?"

        Because Asian and European cultures are the hardest-working, most empirically, statistically, and demonstrably successful cultures on the planet who do not have obsessive victim complexes.

        Exemplia gratis, nobody cares that the Chinese were slaves, because they do not bitch about it.
        Nobody cares that the Japanese in the US were thrown into camps, because they do not bitch about it.
        Nobody cares that millions more Russians were exterminated than anyone else in WWII, because they do not bitch about it.

        Etc., etc. Whoops - guess reality is racist, better double up on my daily dose of cognitive dissonance and white guilt.

      • (Score: 2) by butthurt on Thursday April 06 2017, @01:26AM (1 child)

        by butthurt (6141) on Thursday April 06 2017, @01:26AM (#489449) Journal

        According to the article I linked, the company's goal is to "reflect the available talent pool." Right next to the part I quoted, the article says that they fell short of that and are making an effort to remedy the situation. The pool of actual applicants may be a better proxy for the "available talent" than is the pool of North American university graduates. If, as you appear to be saying, around 75% of those graduates are men and around 86% are white or Asian, that doesn't reflect the general population. I think you're mistaken about the first part of that: in 2009 in the United States, 41.3% of college degrees awarded (associate's through doctoral) went to men.

        http://www2.census.gov/library/publications/2011/compendia/statab/131ed/tables/12s0299.xls [census.gov]

        The situation, of course, may be different in Canada and Mexico. Whence comes your information?

        According to the 2000 U.S. census,

        The White non-Hispanic population
        represented 71 percent of people
        who reported exactly one race and
        70 percent of the total population.

        -- https://www.census.gov/prod/2001pubs/c2kbr01-4.pdf [census.gov]

        In 2010, it was less, around 66%:

        [...] the number of Whites who reported one
        race and identified as non-Hispanic
        numbered 196.8 million, or 64 per-
        cent of the total population.
        Among the 7.5 million people who
        reported White in combination with
        an additional race group(s), 2.4
        million were Hispanic. Multiple-
        race White respondents who were
        of Hispanic origin represented
        1 percent of the total population.

        --
        https://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-05.pdf [census.gov]

        The company does have a presence in Canada and in Mexico, among other countries.

        https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/www/us/en/jobs/locations/canada.html [intel.com]
        https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/www/us/en/jobs/locations/mexico.html [intel.com]

        > Also, why lump "white and Asian" together?

        I would assume that, in the company's estimation, those are the groups which are adequately represented among its staff. Here's a link to their latest report, which includes figures going back to 2014.

        https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/corporate-information/2016-annual-diversity-report-addendum.pdf [intel.com]

        To their credit, they are trying to encourage students in the under-represented groups, so that the pool of qualified workers may, in time, more closely resemble the general population.

        • (Score: 2) by Nerdfest on Thursday April 06 2017, @01:42AM

          by Nerdfest (80) on Thursday April 06 2017, @01:42AM (#489456)

          I'm thinking of graduation rates specifically in technology, although I guess they do hire more than just engineers.

  • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Wednesday April 05 2017, @06:03PM (1 child)

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Wednesday April 05 2017, @06:03PM (#489248) Journal

    Or, maybe she succeeded despite all that. It's pure conjecture either way.

    • (Score: 0, Flamebait) by kurenai.tsubasa on Wednesday April 05 2017, @06:38PM

      by kurenai.tsubasa (5227) on Wednesday April 05 2017, @06:38PM (#489275) Journal

      Exactly! Does Navare understand just how much damage she's done to the Misogynerd Narrative by focusing on her accomplishments?! We've got an AC modded to +4 because she didn't throw her hands up and scream sexual harassment the first question or concern some inferior assigned male scum dared to rape her with!

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by LoRdTAW on Wednesday April 05 2017, @07:22PM (3 children)

    by LoRdTAW (3755) on Wednesday April 05 2017, @07:22PM (#489296) Journal

    And I'm sure she was met with nothing but hostility and vitriol because of the inherent misogyny in tech.
    What's that? She wasn't?
    Well.. fuck.

    Hooray! This ONE brown girl proved once and for all that racism and misogyny has been eradicated from the tech sector! Bravo insightful AC for pointing out.... exactly what?

    Next up: Black man is assisted by friendly police officer in his search for his lost dog proving that racism and police corruption is no longer a problem.

    How about some good 'ol racism because she isn't white?

    Why did that even cross your mind?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 06 2017, @01:04AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 06 2017, @01:04AM (#489438)

      Why did that even cross your mind?

      Because he's sick and tired of being beat up by liberals for having a different opinion.
      He's been following all the rules, using politically correct speech in order to hide his bigotry and liberals just won't respect all the effort he puts in.
      They still call him a bigot anyway. Its not fair! Bunch of meanies. Why do liberals get to be mean but he doesn't?
      The white man just can't catch a break.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 06 2017, @08:32AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 06 2017, @08:32AM (#489570)

      > Hooray! This ONE brown girl proved once and for all that racism and misogyny has been eradicated from the tech sector!

      Funny, because I'm pretty sure I didn't say that. I was mocking the claim that racism/misogyny is inherent to tech (and thus, pervasive, happens to everyone of the affected groups). That doesn't require me to claim that there is none at all. Perhaps, and this is a bit crazy so bear with me.. I don't believe either of these extreme claims?

      Saywhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

      > Why did that even cross your mind?

      I just checked down the list of oppressed groups and mentioned the ones I figured she could claim to be in. Pretty simple..

      • (Score: 2) by LoRdTAW on Thursday April 06 2017, @11:59AM

        by LoRdTAW (3755) on Thursday April 06 2017, @11:59AM (#489616) Journal

        This was an article about a kernel patch. It had nothing to do with who submitted it.