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Mesa 9.1 Released, Brings Many Driver Improvements

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Published on 23 February 2013 01:04 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa
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For those users of the open-source Linux graphics drivers, if you're not a habitual Mesa Git follower, go forth and download Mesa 9.1 now that it's been officially released.

With Mesa 9.1 incorporating six months worth of changes and improvements to this library for OpenGL support (and other functionality via Gallium3D state trackers) used most notably by the Intel, Nouveau (NVIDIA), and AMD Radeon graphics drivers, there's a hell of a lot of good stuff.

For those not closely following Mesa Git development, be sure to read Nine Exciting Features Coming To Mesa 9.1 and Reasons Mesa 9.1 Is Still Disappointing For End-Users. These articles provide concise overview of the major work in Mesa 9.1 while there's also dozens of Phoronix articles covering individual aspects of Mesa 9.1.

For those interested in Mesa 9.1 OpenGL performance benchmarks, there will be many new benchmarks coming soon. However, for recent Mesa 9.1 benchmarks that look at the current performance situation, see:

- Legacy Radeon Performance On Mesa 9.1 Gallium3D (R300g)
- Mesa 9.1 Results Are Mixed For Radeon Gallium3D (R600g)
- Intel Sandy Bridge Looks Good On Mesa 9.1 (i965)
- Mesa 9.1 Delivers Faster Intel OpenGL Graphics (i965; Ivy Bridge)
- Five-Way NVIDIA GeForce Comparison On Nouveau (Nouveau)

The (rather uninformative) Mesa 9.1 release announcement was sent out on Friday night. Stay tuned for more Mesa 9.1 testing coverage.

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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 .
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