3. Desktop

Graphics Hardware

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 provides a range of updates for graphics hardware. The driver for Intel Generation 6 Graphics on the Sandy Bridge processor is introduced in this release, providing fully accelerated 2D and 3D graphics on these devices. Additionally, this release introduces support for the Matrox MGA-G200ER graphics chipset.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 introduces the xorg-x11-drv-xgi video driver to support the XGI Z9S AND Z11 chipsets. The SIS driver that provided support for older XGI hardware is no longer being updated to support new hardware.
Monitors that do not supply Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) to the operating system now have a default resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
Network Manager

NetworkManager is the desktop tool that is used to set up, configure and manage a wide range of network connection types. In Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1, NetworkManager has improved support for the configuration of Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) Enterprise and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).


Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 provides updated Advanced Linux Sound Architecture - High Definition Audio (ALSA-HDA) drivers.