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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 is working on porting the Gallium3D open-source LLVMpipe software driver to the PowerPC architecture.
11 February 2013 - LLVMpipe POWER
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
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
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
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
Mesa 9.1 was branched yesterday, ahead of the official release next month, which effectively puts an end to new feature development on this next release. For those that haven't been keeping up with Mesa's Git activity over the past half-year, here's a look at the new OpenGL extensions supported.
29 January 2013 - Mesa 9.1 - 1 Comment
Compiler tuning can lead to performance improvements for many computational benchmarks by toying with the CFLAGS/CXXFLAGS, but is there much gain out of optimizing your Mesa build? Here's some benchmark results.
27 January 2013 - Mesa Performance - 24 Comments
Mesa 9.1 should be released by the end of February as the latest version of this bi-annual open-source OpenGL implementation that continues to slowly but surely pickup new functionality for most major graphics drivers.
27 January 2013 - Mesa 9.1 - 4 Comments
With all of the recent improvements going into Mesa/Gallium3D, along with some work advancements to the AMD GPU LLVM back-end, it's slowly becoming a suitable time for enthusiasts wishing to experiment with OpenCL on the open-source Linux graphics stack through Gallium3D and the "Clover" state tracker.
23 January 2013 - Clover Gallium3D - 22 Comments
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