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Direct3D 9 Support Released For Linux Via Gallium3D, Running Games

Linux desktop systems can now have working support for Microsoft's Direct3D 9 API via a new Gallium3D state tracker. Unlike the earlier Direct3D 10/11 state tracker for Gallium3D on Linux, this new code actually can run D3D9 games and at better performance than what's offered by Wine.

17 July 2013 - Direct3D 9.x State Tracker - 97 Comments
R600 Gallium3D LLVM Compiler Back-End Benchmarks

In the past few days after having delivered R600 Gallium3D benchmarks of the R600 SB back-end that is a new shader optimization back-end for the Radeon Gallium3D driver, here's some comparison benchmarks against the upcoming R600 LLVM back-end.

14 July 2013 - Mesa 9.2 - 6 Comments
Some Of The New Features Coming For Mesa 9.2

Mesa 9.2 is slated for release next month, which means its code will be branched soon, so here's a look at some of the exciting features that have been merged for this next Mesa open-source Linux graphics release.

13 July 2013 - Mesa 9.2 - Add A Comment
Mir Support Not Merged For Mesa 9.2

While the very exciting Mesa 9.2 release is expected next month and its code will be branched soon, one feature that looks unlikely to be merged in time is any support for Canonical's Mir Display Server.

11 July 2013 - Mesa 9.2 On Mir - 43 Comments
Gallium3D's LLVMpipe Is Much Faster With Mesa 9.2

This morning I posted new Radeon Gallium3D - Mesa 9.1 vs. Mesa 9.2 benchmarks, which showed the upcoming Mesa release performing nicely for AMD APU graphics. However, what is the performance like the software-based LLVMpipe driver that is commonly being used in fallback situations where there is no GPU hardware driver available? It's generally a lot faster now for handling OpenGL.

10 July 2013 - Gallium3D LLVMpipe - 17 Comments
Mesa 9.1.4 Pulls In Bug Fixes, Mostly For Intel

Ian Romanick announced the Mesa 9.1.4 release on Monday. Mesa 9.1.4 offers back-ported bug-fixes to the open-source graphics drivers, mostly affecting the Intel DRI driver along with two LLVMpipe driver fixes.

1 July 2013 - Mesa 9.1.4 Release - Add A Comment
Research Underway With QEMU 3D Support

There's long been a need for QEMU/KVM to have guest 3D support for virtual machines (especially with more of the modern Linux desktops requiring OpenGL support) and Red Hat engineers have talked about such support previously, but now it looks like code is finally materializing.

20 June 2013 - QEMU 3D - 3 Comments
Gallium3D LLVMpipe Benchmarks From Intel Haswell

Being published this afternoon are benchmarks of the Gallium3D LLVMpipe software driver compared to Intel HD 4600 graphics on Mesa 9.2 Git when using an Intel Core i7 4770K. While this Intel "Haswell" CPU is faster than previous generations, it's still obviously best not relying upon LLVMpipe.

14 June 2013 - Core i7 4770K - 12 Comments
Freedreno Driver Gains Qualcomm A3XX Support

Freedreno, the reverse-engineered community-based open-source driver for Qualcomm Adreno graphics hardware, now has support for the newer A300 series of graphics cores as found in the Google Nexus 4.

9 June 2013 - Freedreno - 4 Comments
ARM Mali Mesa Driver, New Code & Overclocking

The Lima driver is slowly but surely progressing for supporting ARM Mali graphics hardware in an open-source world. A Mesa driver has been started, their demo code can be faster than the binary driver, user-space memory management is being tackled, and evidently the management at ARM Holdings isn't too happy.

6 June 2013 - ARM Mali - Add A Comment
Freedreno Running On Nexus 4 With The GNOME Shell

The Freedreno Gallium3D graphics driver that's a reverse-engineered incarnation of the Qualcomm Snapdragon driver, has support for the A320 graphics core coming along quite well. The A320 found in the Nexus 4 is now running the Freedreno 3D driver and can even handle bearing the load of the GNOME Shell desktop.

2 June 2013 - Freedreno - 9 Comments
Freedreno Gallium3D Gets XA Acceleration Support

With Qualcomm's newer Snapdragon SoCs no longer having a 2D acceleration core for graphics, the Freedreno driver has implemented XA acceleration support within the reverse-engineered software for implementing 2D over the 3D engine via its Gallium3D driver.

28 May 2013 - XA Acceleration - 3 Comments
Intel Ultrabook Performance Is Faster With Mesa 9.2

For those that were turned on by the recent Radeon Gallium3D performance improvements found in Mesa 9.2 but are Intel Linux graphics users rather than AMD, there's good news too. Here's some benchmarks showing off nice Intel OpenGL performance improvements found with Mesa 9.2 for an ASUS Ultrabook with HD 4000 "Ivy Bridge" graphics.

22 May 2013 - Ivy Bridge - 4 Comments
Shader Optimization Back-End Might Go In For R600g

For many months there has been a "shader optimization" branch of Mesa/R600g that sought to rather noticeably boost the performance of the AMD R600 Gallium3D driver. While this work by Vadim Girlin didn't look like it would be merged, after being revived and cleaned-up, it might reach mainline Mesa/Gallium3D as a new performance-boosting option.

19 April 2013 - Vadim - 15 Comments
Modern Intel Gallium3D Driver Proposed For Mainline

Early this morning I delivered benchmarks of the new Intel Gallium3D driver developed by a LunarG employee. Coincidentally, hours later, the developer has proposed merging this Gallium3D graphics driver for Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge hardware into mainline Mesa.

16 April 2013 - i965g-next - 8 Comments
Early Mesa 9.2 Benchmarks With Nouveau

While the release of Mesa 9.2/10.0 is still a ways away, for those users of the Nouveau reverse-engineered open-source NVIDIA graphics driver, here are some early benchmarks for reference compared to the stable Mesa 9.0 and 9.1 series.

10 April 2013 - Nouveau - 20 Comments

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