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 Set To Lose OpenVMS Support

Mesa

Published on 23 August 2012 08:42 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa
6 Comments

Support for OpenVMS is set to be removed from Mesa due to lack of maintainership in four years and trimming out the OpenVMS can shave just over two thousand lines of code.

Support for the Open Virtual Memory System, a.k.a. VAX/VMS, operating system hasn't been maintained within Mesa since 2008. The proprietary OpenVMS operating system targets VAX/Alpha/Itanium hardware. OpenVMS uses a CDE-derived DECwindows MOTIF user-interface atop an X11-compliant windowing system. The last major release of OpenVMS was v8.4 in June of 2010.

Matt Turner writes on a patch to drop the support, "Not maintained since 2008. Doubtful that it's worked in quite a while."

Seeing this support set to be removed from Mesa isn't a huge loss since OpenVMS isn't a big target, there wasn't Gallium3D support, open-source graphics hardware drivers generally don't target this commercial OS, and the Mesa classic software rasterizer isn't too useful for end-users. Cutting out this OS code saves 2.388 lines of code.

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. Intel Launches The Core i7 5960X, Mighty Powerful Haswell-E CPUs
  2. AMD Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers
  3. AMD Radeon R9 290 Open-Source Driver Works, But Has A Ways To Go
  4. Trying The Configurable 45 Watt TDP With AMD's A10-7800 / A6-7400K
Latest Linux Articles
  1. How Intel Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA Drivers
  2. The Fastest NVIDIA GPUs For Open-Source Nouveau With Steam Linux Gaming
  3. Testing For The Latest Linux Kernel Power Regression
  4. The Most Energy Efficient Radeon GPU For AMD Linux Gaming
Latest Linux News
  1. AMD, Wine & Valve Dominated August For Linux Users
  2. Linux 3.17-rc3 Kernel Released Back On Schedule
  3. Lennart Poettering Talks Up His New Linux Vision That Involves Btrfs
  4. Mesa 10.3 RC2 Arrives Via Its New Release Manager
  5. Ubuntu 14.10's Lack Of X.Org Server 1.16 Gets Blamed On AMD
  6. MSI Motherboard BIOS Updating Remains A Pain For Linux Users
  7. See How Your Linux System Performs Against The Latest Intel/AMD CPUs
  8. AMD Steppe Eagle Flys To Coreboot
  9. Intel Beignet Is Working Out Surprisingly Well For OpenCL On Linux
  10. Coreboot Adds Lenovo X220 With Native Sandy Bridge Support
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Is laptop with Intel CPU and AMD dGPU worth buying considering especially AMD Enduro?
  2. Btrfs Gets Talked Up, Googler Encourages You To Try Btrfs
  3. Radeon HD5670 and Ubuntu 14.04
  4. AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs
  5. Updated graphics drivers for Ubuntu 12.04 Precise LTS
  6. Catalyst 14.201.1008
  7. It's Now Possible To Play Netflix Natively On Linux Without Wine Plug-Ins
  8. Users defect to Linux as OpenBSD removes Lynx from base system