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 7.3 Gets Primed With GLSL 1.20, GEM, DRI2

Mesa

Published on 08 January 2009 07:37 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa
11 Comments

It's been over four months since Mesa 7.1 was released and about three months since Mesa 7.2 (the stabilized version of 7.1), but now Mesa 7.3 is getting primed and ready to enter the limelight. As the first step, Mesa 7.3 Release Candidate 1 will be pushed out shortly.

One of the primary features of Mesa 7.3 is enhanced support for GLSL 1.20. Version 1.20 of the OpenGL Shading Language was released in 2006 and various bits of support have been added along the way, but Mesa 7.3 has more of the specification actually implemented. Support for the invariant keyword has been added along with the centroid qualifier and work related to GLSL arrays. There is no support for GLSL 1.30 / OpenGL 3.0 within Mesa 7.3.

The other prominent work that will make up Mesa 7.3 is the Intel DRI driver now supporting Direct Rendering Infrastructure 2 (DRI2) and the Graphics Execution Manager (GEM). The other mainline DRI drivers, however, don't yet support DRI2 or GEM memory management.

While those are the prominent changes in Mesa 7.3 Release Candidate 1, there have been more than 400 commits to the Mesa Git repository since the release of Mesa 7.2. Encompassed by some of this work are also a few ATI Radeon 3D fixes.

At the time of publishing the release announcement for Mesa 7.3 Release Candidate 1 has yet to emerge nor are the source packages yet available from Mesa3D.org, but they should be out there soon. We would suspect that the final release of the Mesa 7.3 development snapshot should be out within a few weeks followed by a stabilized Mesa 7.4 version in time for the Q2'09 Linux distribution updates. Mesa 7.3 will depend upon DRM 2.4.2 or newer.

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. The MSI X99S SLI PLUS Is Working & Running Well On Linux
  2. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980: The Best GPU For Linux Gamers
  3. ROCCAT LUA: A Linux-Friendly Gaming Mouse
  4. Cheetah Mounts: The Affordable Way To Put Your TV On The Wall
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Preview: Radeon Gallium3D Performance For CS:GO On Linux
  2. XWayland Linux Gaming Performance With GNOME Wayland On Fedora 21
  3. EXT4/Btrfs/XFS/F2FS Benchmarks On Linux 3.17
  4. Fedora 21 Alpha First Impressions: It's Great
Latest Linux News
  1. VA-API Gallium3D State Tracker Added Back To Mesa
  2. Radeon DRM Gets New Information Ioctl Queries
  3. Mir 0.8 Works On Less ABI Breakage, Touchspots, Responsiveness
  4. CS:GO For Linux Gains Better Stability, Community Server Support
  5. NVIDIA Issues Updated 340.46 Long-Lived Driver Release
  6. KDE Plasma 5.1 Now In Beta
  7. Systemd & Debian Were Most Popular In September
  8. Microsoft Announces... Windows 10 With A Start Menu
  9. Borderlands 2 Launches On Steam For Linux
  10. Debian Jessie Might Get Rid Of The kFreeBSD Port
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Take the Steam Survey results with a grain of salt. It is flawed.
  2. X.Org Is Looking For Some Female Help
  3. Microsoft Announces... Windows 10 With A Start Menu
  4. NVIDIA Alerts Nouveau: They're Starting To Sign/Validate GPU Firmware Images
  5. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  6. Nero CD/DVD Burning Software On Linux Is Dead
  7. New Group Calls For Boycotting Systemd
  8. FSF Issues Statement On Shellshock Bash Vulnerability