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

The Most Important Project Since Mesa 1.0?

Mesa

Published on 19 July 2013 12:05 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa
59 Comments

The Direct3D 9 state tracker could prove to be the most important project since the original release of the Mesa graphics library.

Earlier this week I wrote about Direct3D 9 support coming to Linux via Gallium3D. Unlike the earlier experimental Direct3D 10/11 state tracker, the D3D 9.0c state tracker actually works with the Nouveau and Radeon Gallium3D drivers and can be used for running Windows games at much better performance than using Wine and its Direct3D layer.

Marek Olšák, the well known open-source developer for his contributions to Radeon Gallium3D as a prolific independent contributor and making many improvements to Mesa/Gallium3D, chimed in on the mailing list with his thoughts on the Direct3D 9 state tracker:
I think this Direct3D 9 state tracker is the most important project since Mesa 1.0. I mean this adds native Direct3D 9 driver infrastructure for Wine on Linux and as such should eventually be competitive with Windows in terms of performance.

Do we need the horrible OpenGL anymore? Haha, just kidding.

If the Wine modifications are accepted by upstream Wine, I'd like this state tracker to get merged. :)

Hopefully the Wine developers will end up adopting this support. It won't be used as an outright replacement for Wine's D3D9 handling since this is a Linux-only solution and at that only works for the Gallium3D drivers (Radeon and Nouveau). But as it can serve as a drop-in replacement on Wine, it has chances of being an alternative offering for those with supported hardware/drivers for obtaining better Direct3D performance on Linux.

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 Xeon E5-1680 v3 & E5-2687W v3 Compared To The Core i7 5960X On Linux
  2. Intel 120GB 530 Series SSD Linux Performance
  3. Btrfs/EXT4/XFS/F2FS RAID 0/1/5/6/10 Linux Benchmarks On Four SSDs
  4. AMD's Windows Catalyst Driver Remains Largely Faster Than Linux Drivers
Latest Linux Articles
  1. NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers With Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel
  2. Is The Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Fast Enough For Steam On Linux Gaming?
  3. Linux 3.18 File-System Performance Minimally Changed But Possible Regressions
  4. AMD Radeon Gallium3D Is Catching Up & Sometimes Beating Catalyst On Linux
Latest Linux News
  1. Linux 3.18 Kernel: Not Much Change With Intel Haswell Performance
  2. More File-System Tests Of The Linux 3.18 Kernel
  3. Using NVIDIA's NVENC On Linux With FFmpeg
  4. There's Talk Again About An "Open To The Core" Ubuntu Laptop
  5. PowerVR SGX Driver Code Gets Leaked
  6. V2 Of KDBUS Published For Linux Kernel Review
  7. VirtualBox 4.3.20 Arrives, Still No Sign Of VirtualBox 4.4
  8. Scientific Linux 6.6 vs. Scientific Linux 7.0 Benchmarks
  9. Qualcomm Looks To Get Into The ARM Server Business
  10. HHVM 3.4 Adds New Features, Support
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Roadmap to Catalyst 14.10 ?
  2. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  3. Cant get working Kaveri APU - A10-7850k
  4. Debian Developer Resigns From The Systemd Maintainership Team
  5. Script for Fan Speed Control
  6. Debian Init System Coupling Vote Results
  7. The Slides Announcing The New "AMDGPU" Kernel Driver
  8. Ubuntu Developers Still Thinking What To Do About Adobe Flash Support