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Intel Mesa 9.1 Benchmarks On Unity, KDE, Xfce, Etc

Benchmarks from the Mesa 9.1 stable branch with Intel "Ivy Bridge" graphics were done to look at the OpenGL gaming performance from Unity, KDE, GNOME Shell, Xfce, LXDE, and Razor-qt.
28 February 2013 - Desktop - 10 Comments

Gallium3D LLVMpipe Driver Shows Progress

With talking recently about LLVMpipe driver improvements and having not benchmarked this Gallium3D software driver in a while, here are new benchmarks of this LLVM-based software fallback driver when using Mesa 9.1-devel Git in conjunction with LLVM 3.3 SVN code, for the very latest look at the OpenGL software acceleration possibilities.
28 February 2013 - LLVMpipe - 7 Comments

Intel Ironlake OpenGL Performance On Mesa 9.1

Last weekend there was a fair amount of chatter about Intel not planning to bring some OpenGL 3.0 functionality to Ironlake. The hardware supports some of GL3, but the Intel developers are more concerned about newer generations of Intel graphics hardware plus other driver features. How though is the Intel Ironlake (Clarkdale/Arrandale) performance with Mesa 9.1? Here's some benchmarks.
26 February 2013 - Results

Freedreno Gallium3D Is Close To Merging In Mesa

Rob Clark has sent out a revised Freedreno Gallium3D driver that he's hoping to be merged into the mainline Mesa repository. This provides an open-source user-space driver for the Qualcomm Adreno A220 graphics hardware.
26 February 2013 - Freedreno - 6 Comments

LLVMpipe Picks Up Support For New GL Extensions

While LLVMpipe is now commonly used as the default software fallback on the Linux desktop in cases where there is no OpenGL hardware driver available, it remains limited to OpenGL 2.1 compliance and doesn't see too much love by developers. Fortunately, VMware developers continue to take some care of this driver and today there's now support for two new OpenGL extensions pertaining to texture buffers.
25 February 2013 - LLVMpipe - 1 Comment

Finding Out The OpenGL Core Profile Version

With this morning's release of mesa-demos 8.1, which provides updates to the commonly used glxinfo command, it's now easy to find out the version of the OpenGL Core Profile supported by your graphics driver/hardware.
24 February 2013 - Mesa-Demos - 3 Comments

OpenGL 3.0 Features For Intel Ironlake Unlikely

With the release of Mesa 9.1, Intel Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge graphics continue to be advanced while at the same time the Intel Linux developers are hard at work on future Haswell and Valley View graphics support. Having only limited resources to go around, Intel developers have quickly lost interest in earlier generations of hardware.
23 February 2013 - OpenGL 3.0 - 21 Comments

Freedreno DRM Library Support Merged

The Freedreno Gallium3D driver is closer to being merged into Mesa after support for Freedreno was added into libdrm, the DRM library, on Friday.
23 February 2013 - Freedreno DRM

Mesa 9.1 Released, Brings Many Driver Improvements

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.
23 February 2013 - Mesa 9.1 - 2 Comments

Mesa 9.0.3 Release Fixes OpenGL Issues

For those living in a conservative, stable land, Mesa 9.0.3 is now available with bug-fixes to the various open-source GPU drivers.
21 February 2013 - Mesa 9.0.3 - 7 Comments

Revised Stack Space Patch For R600 Gallium3D Driver

Vadim Girlin on Sunday posted a stack space patch for the AMD R600 Gallium3D driver that he reported to improve Unigine's performance by ~30% for this open-source Radeon graphics driver. He has since revised that patch, but testing has revealed it isn't too incredibly exciting at this point.
18 February 2013 - R600g - 3 Comments

Freedreno Graphics Driver Approaches Mainline

The Freedreno graphics driver that supports reverse-engineered Qualcomm ARM graphics is nearing a state of mainline support within Linux.
17 February 2013 - Freedreno DRM - 3 Comments

Reasons Mesa 9.1 Is Still Disappointing For End-Users

While Mesa 9.1 represents a number of improvements to this open-source graphics stack that were made over the past six months, as far as end-users are concerned, there's still a number of shortcomings.
14 February 2013 - End-Users - 37 Comments

Nine Exciting Features Coming To Mesa 9.1

With Mesa 9.1 expected to be released before month's end, here's a run-down of some of the exciting features to be found from this next Mesa 3D release.
14 February 2013 - Mesa 9.1

Shader Optimizations Revived For R600 Gallium3D

Vadim Girlin has revived his "shader optimization" branch of Mesa that focuses upon improvements to the AMD R600 Gallium3D graphics driver.
14 February 2013 - R600g Shader Optimizations - 11 Comments

IBM's Porting Gallium3D LLVMpipe To PowerPC

IBM is working on porting the Gallium3D open-source LLVMpipe software driver to the PowerPC architecture.
11 February 2013 - LLVMpipe POWER

Intel To Improve "Out Of The Box" Linux Gaming

Ian Romanick of Intel has laid out plans for improving the automatic configuration of game quality and performance settings under Linux in an effort to improve the out-of-the-box experience for drivers and graphics cards on the open-source operating system.
7 February 2013 - FOSDEM 2013

Mesa Threading Support Is Slow, Still Being Developed

One of the ways that Intel has been trying to make their Mesa driver faster is through proper threading support, but for now the support is unfortunately slower while the code is still being actively developed.
7 February 2013 - Mesa Threading - 3 Comments

R600g Shader Disassembler Merged Into Mesa

The nicer Radeon Gallium3D (R600g) shader disassembler that was previously talked about on Phoronix has finally been merged into mainline Mesa.
1 February 2013 - Radeon Gallium3D - 1 Comment

Geometry Shaders For Mesa Not Yet Ready

While there's been early code available for several months, Mesa support for OpenGL Geometry Shaders still isn't ready for merging into mainline Mesa.
29 January 2013 - OpenGL Geometry Shaders - 6 Comments

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