Mesa 10.2 is expected to be released in the next few days and with this three-month update will come many improvements to the Intel, Radeon, and Nouveau graphics drivers plus other improvements to core Mesa/Gallium3D, the advancement of the Freedreno Gallium3D driver, and much more.
Mesa is up to 1.4 million lines of code and has already seen almost 2,500 Git commits so far this year.
Last year experimental Direct3D 9 support came to Linux via a third-party Mesa tree that introduced a new Gallium3D state tracker and modifications to get this D3D9 support working with the open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) driver. The Direct3D 9 support was never merged into mainline Mesa/Gallium3D, but some fixes as a result of that work is now queued up for likely landing.
While Mesa 10.2 will be released in the days ahead and has plenty of new features, for those sticking to stable Mesa releases the 10.1.4 point release is now available.
A new initiative is underway by a Mesa developer to pair the OProfile system profiler with the Phoronix Test Suite for more easily finding OpenGL driver bottlenecks, etc.
Rob Clark's work on the Freedreno Gallium3D driver continue to prosper with hitting yet another achievement for this open-source, reverse-engineered Qualcomm Adreno graphics driver for Linux.
The open-source, reverse-engineered Nouveau driver has landed initial support for NVIDIA Maxwell graphics processors within its Mesa Gallium3D Linux graphics driver.
The Freedreno Gallium3D driver now is able to officially advertise OpenGL 2.0 support after the latest work on this open-source, reverse-engineered driver for Qualcomm Adreno graphics processors.
The second release candidate to Mesa 10.2 is now available with more fixes compared to the Mesa 10.2 RC1 and branching that happened one week ago.
For those using the stable Mesa 10.1 release series until the debut of Mesa 10.2 in a few weeks time, the 10.1.3 point release is now available.
For those living on the Mesa 10.1 stable release train rather than Mesa 10.2 that is already in pretty great shape and will be released as stable in the coming weeks, the 10.1.2 stop has arrived.
Improvements to Mesa done by LunarG and sponsored by Valve in a new open-source patch-set means that popular Linux games should take significantly less time to load -- including titles like Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive -- by speeding up the shader compilation process.
The latest great work done by independent Nouveau contributor Ilia Mirkin is implementing support for OpenGL 4.3's ARB_stencil_texturing in not only the open-source NVIDIA Linux driver but the code also allows this GL extension to be supported by the Radeon R600 and RadeonSI drivers too.
Mesa's code-base has been branched for Mesa 10.2 followed by the releasing of Mesa 10.2 RC1 and bumping the version of Mesa Git master to Mesa 10.3-devel.
Another OpenGL extension can be crossed off the list for the goal until Mesa supports the OpenGL 4.4 specification.
Going back to last month has been initial open-source Linux graphics driver support for Cherryview, the next-generation Atom SoCs, and now the PCI IDs have been added to Mesa's DRM library code.
Support has landed within Mesa Gallium3D for handling the OpenGL 4.0 GL_ARB_sample_shading extension.
The LLVMpipe driver that provides software-accelerated OpenGL support over Gallium3D now has GLSL 3.30 support where previously only version 1.40 of the GL Shading Language was exposed.
New stable versions of Mesa 10.0 and 10.1 were released on Friday.
The Gallium3D HUD has gain some new reporting capabilities for the Radeon Gallium3D R600 and RadeonSI drivers.
In continuing to stick to a three-month release cycle for Mesa releases, Mesa 10.2 should be released within the next two months.
Months ago there was work on advancing Gallium3D's LLVMpipe software-based driver with its OpenGL 3.x support, including work-in-progress patches, but nothing was merged at the time. With that said, it was a surprise to see fake MSAA support added tonight for Gallium3D and used by the LLVMpipe driver so it fakes OpenGL 3.0 compliance and forces the necessary extensions for handling OpenGL 3.2.
While most of the open-source driver efforts around accelerating 2D with OpenGL are centered on GLAMOR, a set of patches were published today that provide performance improvements to the XA Gallium3D state tracker that also accelerate 2D using 3D driver code.
While it's been a while since last hearing anything about LunarGLASS for Mesa, the project is still active at LunarG.
With the exciting news that Mesa 10.2-devel is landing in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for providing the best possible open-source 3D driver experience, here's a round-up of the most interesting features that have been merged so far into this next Mesa release.
As a last minute and very exciting change for open-source GPU driver users planning to run Ubuntu 14.04, Mesa 10.2 in its current development state will be pushed into this Long Term Support release.
Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver now supports the OpenGL 4.4 ARB_buffer_storage extension.
The Direct Rendering Infrastructure 3 code for Mesa has picked up support for the GLX_EXT_buffer_age extension.
While it didn't look like Fedora 20 would end up having Mesa 10.x as a stable release update but would be stuck to Mesa 9.2 for the duration of the F20 lifespan, it now looks like an update to Mesa 10.0 will end up happening for stable Mesa users.
For those living in a stable Mesa 10.0 world rather than using the recent Mesa 10.1 series, there's a new point release out today that serves up almost 50 bug-fixes.
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