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    Default AMD's Mantle Graphics API For Linux?

    Phoronix: AMD's Mantle Graphics API For Linux?

    This week at AMD's Hawaii event where they announced their new high-end graphics processors, they also announced Mantle. AMD's Mantle is a new graphics API that looks to take on OpenGL and Microsoft's Direct3D as a new high-performance graphics rendering API...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQ3MDU

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    Waiting for our resident API god elanthis to write a several-page post on Mantle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curaga View Post
    Waiting for our resident API god elanthis to write a several-page post on Mantle.
    Funny, I was thinking roughly the same:
    Wondering why he has not showed up so far.

    Really, I'd be interested in what he thinks about it.

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    ... but there's no mention of GLSL compatibility for Linux fans
    What??? So GLSL is for Linux fans only now?

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    Well said. We will have to wait till December to see how much improvements are with Mantle in BF4. If its a lot, then AMD can expect to sell more cards to BF4 players. If its not a huge performance increase, it will die in Windows land before they even consider using it in Linux.

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    The world needs a good OpenGL competitor that provides vendor neutral, OS neutral, device neutral access to 3D graphics hardware.

    This doesn't sound like it's it:

    - Anandtech says this is derived from Microsoft's Xbox One APIs. That doesn't speak well for neutrality, ideal licensing, and rallying the non-MS world.
    - No mention of cooperation or collaboration with any of the other important players such as Apple, Google, Sony, even Mozilla, and the Linux guys. No mention of Linux support.

    I don't see an official website. The official slides headline "Uniting both worlds". If both worlds mean Microsoft Xbox consoles and Microsoft Windows PCs/tablets, this isn't what I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BreezeDM View Post
    Well said. We will have to wait till December to see how much improvements are with Mantle in BF4. If its a lot, then AMD can expect to sell more cards to BF4 players. If its not a huge performance increase, it will die in Windows land before they even consider using it in Linux.
    AMD has both the Wii U, Xbox One and PS4 graphics card, so if they offer Mantle on both of thows platforms as well then they have a winner in it self as games that wants to be on a console has to support it any way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curaga View Post
    Waiting for our resident API god elanthis to write a several-page post on Mantle.

    I support this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJenbo View Post
    AMD has both the Wii U, Xbox One and PS4 graphics card, so if they offer Mantle on both of thows platforms as well then they have a winner in it self as games that wants to be on a console has to support it any way.
    Nvidia currently has 52,38% share against 33,08% from AMD and 14,18% from intel (steam survey). Games developers can't simply ignore that. We also need to keep in mind if whether or not Nvidia and Intel will support Mantle.

    At this point all I can say is wait and see. But I believe that yes, AMD has an angle on this new tech, I just hope it doesn't screw thing up for us in the end.

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    Nvidia and Intel couldn't support this if they wanted to, it's tied to AMD hardware. This is basically Glide 2013 Edition. I expect it to be just as long lived.

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