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How To Help Improve, Develop Mesa Drivers

If you aren't satisfied with seeing Mesa lag far behind the latest OpenGL standard and come up short when in the areas of performance and features compared to some of the proprietary graphics drivers, they always welcome additional help.
7 August 2012 - Gallium3D - 22 Comments

OpenGL 4.3 Support Is A Ways Out In Mesa

While the OpenGL 4.3 specification was just released (along with OpenGL ES 3.0), there's already a beta NVIDIA Linux proprietary driver supporting this latest desktop graphics API from Khronos. AMD will also soon be released a Catalyst beta with the GL 4.3 / GLSL 4.30 support. However, the open-source Mesa support will still be a ways out.
6 August 2012 - A Look - 11 Comments

Linux Isn't Alone With OpenGL Driver Issues

While the open-source Linux graphics drivers may not be up to scratch with the proprietary Linux graphics drivers from NVIDIA and AMD in terms of features, power efficiency, and performance, Linux isn't the only operating system with less than desirable OpenGL drivers. I've been surprised by the OpenGL issues under OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" with the Retina MacBook Pro.
31 July 2012 - OS X Too - 8 Comments

Haiku Looks To Leverage More Of Mesa

Haiku OS, the open-source operating system that's a re-implementation of BeOS, is continuing to look at leveraging more of Mesa for its 3D/OpenGL rendering.
29 July 2012 - Haiku BeOS - 5 Comments

Mesa Support For OpenGL Core Contexts

There was exciting OpenGL 3/4 news yesterday for Mesa when it came to early but yet-to-be-merged support for OpenGL geometry shaders, but that's not all the new Mesa GL news this week. Patches were also published to provide support for OpenGL Core contexts for OpenGL 3.1 and newer.
28 July 2012 - OpenGL 3/4 - 5 Comments

Mesa Support For OpenGL Geometry Shaders

An exciting message hit the Mesa mailing list on Friday morning concerning support for OpenGL geometry shaders.
27 July 2012 - Woohoo! - 8 Comments

Gallium3D's LLVMpipe Now Handles Wider Registers

If you have an AVX-enabled processor like Intel's Sandy/Ivy Bridge or AMD's Bulldozer, there's some good news should you be relying upon Mesa's Gallium3D LLVMpipe driver.
18 July 2012 - New Feature - 4 Comments

Mesa Support For ETC1 Texture Compression

With commits this afternoon by Intel, there's now support for handling ETC1 texture compression within Mesa.
16 July 2012 - Not S3TC - 6 Comments

Mesa LunarGLASS: Not Much Is Happening

Remember LunarGLASS? It was the technology from LunarG in early 2011 for gutting Mesa to use LLVM as its IR. This LLVM-ized Mesa has fallen dormant.
16 July 2012 - LunarGLASS - 3 Comments

The OpenGL Support State For Mesa 8.1

Mesa 8.1 is set to be released in August as a major six-month update to this important open-source user-space graphics driver stack. Here's a look at the OpenGL support level.
12 July 2012 - Mesa 8.1 - 26 Comments

Marek Files 22 Gallium3D / R600g Improvements

Just days after making a number of improvements to Mesa/Gallium3D, Marek is back this week so far with 22 patches to improve Gallium3D and specifically to benefit the AMD Radeon "R600g" graphics driver.
10 July 2012 - Commits - 10 Comments

Marek Posts Another Important Mesa Patch-Set

Less than a day after Marek Olšák posted a set of patches to implement GL4 transform feedback for Mesa/Gallium3D, he's back with another important but separate set of patches.
5 July 2012 - GL_ARB_timer_query

Marek Works On OpenGL 4.0 Transform Feedback

Marek Olšák, the prolific independent contributor to Mesa/Gallium3D with a special interest in Radeon Gallium3D, has just published his latest patch work. This time around he's been working on the remaining transform feedback extensions from OpenGL 4.0.
5 July 2012 - New Features - 6 Comments

Mesa's Rate Of Git Development Is Slowing

Based upon the latest Git statistics, the rate of Mesa's development commits has been slowing down. There's also some other interesting numbers to share.
25 June 2012 - Sadly - 31 Comments

Radeon Gallium3D LLVM Now Uses VLIW Scheduler

With a commit this afternoon to Mesa, the R600 Gallium3D driver with the LLVM back-end is now using the performance-boosting VLIW scheduler.
21 June 2012 - Mesa Git - 6 Comments

Mesa Does A Bit More Of OpenGL 4

Patches emerged last week for supporting the GL_ARB_base_instance OpenGL extension within Mesa and Gallium3D's Mesa state tracker. This OpenGL extension was only conceived last year and became part of the specification with OpenGL 4.2.
18 June 2012 - GL_ARB_base_instance - 7 Comments

Gallium3D R600 Shader Variant Caching

The latest R600g driver improvement this weekend is for shader variant caching rather than rebuilding the shaders each time.
10 June 2012 - R600g - 42 Comments

Auto-Vectorizing LLVMpipe For Performance Gains

Here's a hint that may allow for some notable performance gains out of the Gallium3D LLVMpipe driver for multi-core systems.
3 June 2012 - It's Possible - 7 Comments

OpenGL ES 3.0 Will Be Here This Summer

While OpenGL ES 3.0 has been speculated about for months, the specification will be formally released by the Khronos Group this summer.
27 May 2012 - New Update - 33 Comments

OpenCL Gallium3D State Tracker Merged Into Mesa

While the OpenCL enablement process for the open-source GPU drivers isn't over yet, there's a big accomplishment today: the "Clover" OpenCL state tracker for Gallium3D has finally been merged to Mesa Git master.
11 May 2012 - FINALLY - 15 Comments

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