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The Direct3D 9 state tracker could prove to be the most important project since the original release of the Mesa graphics library.
19 July 2013 - Direct3D Support - 59 Comments
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
A set of twelve patches were published on Monday by an Intel OTC developer for allowing support for OpenGL layered rendering as needed for OpenGL 3.2 / GLSL 1.50 support.
16 July 2013 - OpenGL 3.2 Support - 3 Comments
With the arrival of sRGB frame-buffers support, the Gallium3D LLVMpipe software driver is nearly ready to advertise OpenGL 3.0 support and OpenGL 3.1 is also attainable.
15 July 2013 - Gallium3D LLVMpipe
With the release of Mesa 9.2 being a few weeks out, here's a current look at the OpenGL 3.x/4.x support levels within Mesa.
15 July 2013 - GL3 Functionality - 15 Comments
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
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
The "Clover" Gallium3D state tracker to Mesa for providing OpenCL support can now be used with an ICD loader.
12 July 2013 - Gallium3D OpenCL - 2 Comments
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
Mesa 9.2 and the R600 Gallium3D shader optimization back-end can deliver some nice performance gains for various generations of AMD Radeon HD graphics cards.
11 July 2013 - Mesa 9.2 Benchmarks - 21 Comments
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
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
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
An Oracle engineer is beginning to look at developing a Mesa-based graphics driver for their VM VirtualBox software that could be integrated into the mainline Mesa code-base.
20 June 2013 - Mesa VirtualBox - 38 Comments
More Mesa / Gallium3D patches out of Google have come about this month for improving the open-source graphics stack.
16 June 2013 - Google Patches - 8 Comments
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, 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
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 - 9 Comments
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
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
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