For a few years now, Intel has been providing a tool for getting the latest Linux drivers and firmware updates for its graphics chips. This was done due to the fact that it just takes some time for driver updates to the company's open source drivers to be integrated into the Linux kernel.
The tool was useful for getting driver updates before they landed in the kernel, which was often necessary in order to properly make full use of the graphics chips' features and power. The latest version of the tool, 2.0.6, targeted Ubuntu 17.04 and Fedora 26, though other distributions could use the tool as well.
However, according to Intel, kernel development processes have been improving, and users are now able to obtain access to the latest drivers much faster. For example, as Intel points out, Fedora 27 and Ubuntu 17.10 ship with the current drivers. Therefore, the company has decided to discontinue the Graphics Update Tool it was providing. Support forums for current users will still be available, though expect them to be transitioned to read-only mode in the near future.
While the discontinuation of the update tool may sound scary, this is actually a good thing, as it makes kernel (and other open source software) updates the correct way to get graphics drivers for Intel's graphics chips. This is unlike some other GPU companies, who still use proprietary drivers, and do not provide enough support for the open source alternatives (requiring messing with kernel flags and config files just to get a brand new laptop not crash on boot).
What do you think? Are you satisfied with the GPU performance of your Intel-powered device? Were you reliant on the update tool? Let us know in the comments below!
via OMG! Ubuntu