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OpenGL support is becoming an increasing hard requirement on the Linux desktop. Even if your hardware comes up short, more desktops are requiring GL support, which means falling back to the CPU-based LLVMpipe Gallium3D driver.
21 October 2012 - LLVMpipe - 27 Comments
For those Intel Sandy Bridge owners wondering if there's any worthwhile performance improvements when upgrading from Ubuntu 12.10 with Mesa 9.0 and the Linux 3.5 kernel up to the early Mesa 9.1-devel state with the Linux 3.7 Git kernel, here are some benchmarks.
12 October 2012 - Benchmarks - 15 Comments
While this morning I shared my views about nine good features of Mesa 9.0 for the major open-source OpenGL user-space update, there's also many disappointing items and shortcomings of this Mesa 9.0 release as it pertains to end-users running the open-source Linux graphics drivers.
9 October 2012 - Mesa 9.0 Hell - 37 Comments
With Mesa 9.0 having been released last night and in continuing in a similar manner to eight good things about Mesa 8.0 and eight shortcomings about Mesa 8.0 from its release, let's start off with nine good things about Mesa 9.0.
9 October 2012 - Mesa 9.0
After facing some delays, Mesa 9.0 was released on Monday afternoon as the latest bi-annual feature release of this important open-source OpenGL driver stack. This is also the first release that supports OpenGL 3.1, albeit the hardware support is currently limited to the Intel DRI driver.
8 October 2012 - OpenGL 3.1 - 46 Comments
Ian Romanick of Intel has shared his revised plans for releasing Mesa 9.0.
29 September 2012 - 5 October - 8 Comments
On the last day of XDC2012, plans for the future OpenGL Linux ABI began to be plotted. This was quite an interesting discussion that's certainly worth watching.
23 September 2012 - OpenGL Improvements - 1 Comment
The latest work by Marek Olšák is a major rework to the way that blitting is handled by graphics drivers on the Gallium3D architecture.
14 September 2012 - Gallium3D Blitting - 16 Comments
The Linux OpenGL stack along with the upstream OpenGL specification has been evolving at a fast pace in recent years. There was recently some discussion within the Khronos camp for updating the guide for how to implement OpenGL support on Linux and it's been decided it will be talked about next week at XDC2012. To get the ball rolling for planning out a new Linux OpenGL ABI, NVIDIA has published a proposal.
13 September 2012 - OpenGL ABI - 29 Comments
Vincent Lejeune has shared a new Mesa branch that he's currently soliciting for comments as it introduces a new GLSL to LLVM pass. He hopes drivers will begin to use it, including the Intel driver with their new-found LLVM compiler ambitions.
12 September 2012 - RFC State - 2 Comments
Patches for supporting OpenGL Geometry Shaders within Mesa/Gallium3D are said to be published soon, which is a big step that will make Mesa closer to supporting the OpenGL 3.2 specification.
10 September 2012 - OpenGL 3.2 - 10 Comments
The VA-API state tracker for Mesa's Gallium3D is set to be removed since it's fallen into disrepair without active maintenance.
7 September 2012 - VA-API Support - 20 Comments
The Direct3D 10/11 state tracker for Mesa's Gallium3D has basically fallen into an unfortunate and unusable state.
6 September 2012 - Gallium3D DirectX - 21 Comments
While PRIME offloading has finally materialized and will be set when X.Org Server 1.13 is released, a new client-side GPU offloading implementation has now surfaced. Primus is a small lightweight GPU offloading implementation written in about 500 lines of code.
3 September 2012 - Primus - 8 Comments
Intel OTC developers that generally have been providing most of the new OpenGL functionality within Mesa have shared their views this week that they will not be implementing the GL_ARB_compatibility extension within the open-source project.
31 August 2012 - GL_ARB_compatibility - 5 Comments
While VMware's VMWGFX graphics driver has been deemed stable for months, only now with the Mesa DRM library is the driver support being built by default.
25 August 2012 - VMWGFX - 3 Comments
Support for OpenVMS is set to be removed from Mesa due to lack of maintainership in four years and trimming out the OpenVMS can shave just over two thousand lines of code.
23 August 2012 - No More OpenVMS - 6 Comments
The code branching of the next Mesa release -- what was going to be known as Mesa 8.1 but is now being called Mesa 9.0 -- is being delayed by a few days to allow time for some last-minute features to land.
21 August 2012 - Mesa 9.0 - 7 Comments
Marek Olšák, the prolific independent contributor to Mesa/Gallium3D and the open-source Radeon Linux graphics driver, has landed a number of commits today in Mesa pertaining to MSAA, a.k.a. multi-sample anti-aliasing for newer Radeon GPUs.
15 August 2012 - MSAA Work - 29 Comments
With OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenGL 4.3 there is now mandatory texture compression support in the form of ETC2, the Ericsson Texture Compression method.
12 August 2012 - ETC2 Texture - 26 Comments
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