Marek Cleans-Up & Refactors R600g Driver
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 11 September 2012 at 08:23 AM EDT. Add A Comment
Marek Olšák has continued with his passionate development contributions to the R600 Gallium3D driver, being one of the few independent contributors continuing to make heavy contributions to this open-source AMD Linux graphics driver.

Marek's latest patch-set that was published on Monday night is for refactoring and clean-up of the driver. There's 19 patches as part of this series that touches several hundred lines of code within the R600g code-base.

Aside from the code bath, Marek worked out fine-grained sampler state updates, support for geometry shader resources (GL geometry shaders are soon to hit Mesa), atomization of some states, and some other bug-fixes.

The patch series can currently be found on the mesa-dev list. The work will be merged to Git master for the eventual Mesa 9.1/10.0 release come early 2013 now that Mesa 9.0 has already been branched.

For those that missed it, last week marked five years of official open-source AMD Linux graphics under which there's been the open-source driver strategy with Bridgman & Co.

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