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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: 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?

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  • (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.