1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Mesa Release Shake-Up: Mesa 8.1 Is Now Mesa 9.0

Mesa

Published on 10 August 2012 08:29 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa
23 Comments

Well, there isn't a major Mesa release happening this month as was originally planned. There also isn't going to be a Mesa 8.1 release. Instead, Mesa 9.0 will be released in September.

Intel's Ian Romanick began laying out these new plans last night with the other Mesa developers. This shake-up is happening in part because Intel's planning for OpenGL ES 3.0 support in Mesa by early next year -- plans they publicly announced earlier this week at SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles.

After not hearing any release plan updates nor seeing Mesa 8.1 branched yet, I've been thinking the release would slip past the mid-August target, but am surprised to learn it's now going to be Mesa 9.0. At least this delayed release will give more time for benchmarks and locating regressions!

In ten days time, Ian plans to branch Mesa 9.0 for stabilization work as it looks like they can actually wrap-up OpenGL 3.1. The next release is being named Mesa 9.0 since it looks like they will be able to effectively get OpenGL 3.1 support complete. "I'm confident that we can at least enable 3.1 on the hardware where we currently enable 3.0."

This is quite a pleasant surprise seeing OpenGL 3.1 in Mesa 9.0 for September since it was looking like there wouldn't be Mesa GL 3.1 until early 2013. Now it looks like we're getting there a release early, albeit they still need to catch-up on OpenGL 3.2/3.3 and OpenGL 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3 and GL ES 3.0 before being caught up with the leading proprietary drivers and upstream Khronos specifications.

Ian is planning to release Mesa 9.0 about four weeks after branching, which would mean around mid-to-late September or who knows as it could also slip into early October. In the mean time, he's planning to put out a few more Mesa 8.0.x point releases.

After the release has happened, Intel will merge their GLES3 support branch. Romanick says they did this early work since "We won't be 3 years behind again."

Under this revised strategy, the follow-on release will be Mesa 9.1 or Mesa 10.0 and come around 15 February of 2013. The Mesa 9.1 vs 10.0 decision will come based upon whether any major new version of the OpenGL specification is released. The next big item to accomplish is completing geometry shaders.

These new release details are discussed in the Upcoming Mesa releases thread.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Trying The Configurable 45 Watt TDP With AMD's A10-7800 / A6-7400K
  2. Sumo's Omni Gets Reloaded
  3. AMD A10-7800 & A6-7400K APUs Run Great On Linux
  4. Radeon Gallium3D Is Running Increasingly Well Against AMD's Catalyst Driver
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Intel's Latest Linux Graphics Code Competes Against OS X 10.9
  2. Intel Sandy Bridge Gets A Surprise Boost From Linux 3.17
  3. Open-Source Radeon Graphics Have Some Improvements On Linux 3.17
  4. CPUFreq Scaling Tests With AMD's Kaveri On Linux 3.16
Latest Linux News
  1. Steam Now Supports VA-API For In-Home Game Streaming
  2. GNOME 3.14 Beta Released
  3. Mesa 10.3 Branched & RC1 Released, Mesa 10.4 On Master
  4. Intel Sandy Bridge Gains On Linux 3.17 Extend Beyond Graphics
  5. LinuxCon: What's Going On With Fedora.Next
  6. Canonical Joined The Khronos Group To Help Mir/Wayland Drivers
  7. EFL 1.11 Is A Big Milestone For Enlightenment Users
  8. DirectFB Updates GTK3 Support, Working Towards DirectFB 1.8
  9. Userptr Support Set For AMD Radeon GPUs In Linux 3.18
  10. NVIDIA Releases CUDA 6.5 As A Huge Update
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Systemd 216 Piles On More Features, Aims For New User-Space VT
  2. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  3. AMD Offers Mantle For OpenGL-Next, Pushes Mantle To Workstations
  4. ATI CrossFire Does Not Support On This Platform When Enabling (Ubuntu Lucid)
  5. Dead Island for Linux (?)
  6. The dangers of Linux kernel development
  7. Remote gui not accessible in Phoronix Test Suite 5.2
  8. Next-Gen OpenGL To Be Announced Next Month