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Mesa News Archives

Legacy Mesa Drivers Receive Their Death Sentence

Last year at XDS 2010 Toulouse there was a discussion about killing old X.Org / Mesa drivers with fire. In particular, dropping all the old drivers that go un-maintained and have little in the way of users and modern functionality. Last year they decided to not really do much about it since these drivers cause little maintenance burden, but the topic has been brought up again and it sounds like these crusty old Linux drivers will finally receive their death sentence.
24 August 2011 - To Be Killed - 46 Comments

Gallium3D OpenCL GSoC Near-Final Status Update

Google's 2011 Summer of Code is coming to an end with today being one of the soft deadlines for the student developers to finish up work on their summer projects. Of the Mesa / GSoC summer projects this year, I mentioned the MLAA support for Gallium3D was a success with the post-processing infrastructure and morphological anti-aliasing support seeking mainline inclusion into Mesa. Here's a status update on how the Gallium3D OpenCL support has come over the summer.
17 August 2011 - OpenCL - 71 Comments

Gallium3D Post-Processing, MLAA Nearly Ready

One of the projects being worked on via X.Org / Mesa with the 2011 Google Summer of Code is morphological anti-aliasing (MLAA) support for Gallium3D / Mesa. Back in July there was MLAA code ready to be tested, but now the student developer behind this code, Lauri Kasanen, has published patches that add the post-processing infrastructure to Gallium3D. The work may soon be ready to be merged to master.
16 August 2011 - GSoC - 49 Comments

Native Display Auto-Detection For EGL

Benjamin Franzke, the open-source developer that for a number of months has been contributed to Mesa / Wayland, has continued with his work. His latest achievement is landing some new EGL code in Mesa, which will benefit Wayland too.
16 August 2011 - Linux - 2 Comments

Intel Developers Publish A Load Of Mesa Patches

Intel's Eric Anholt and Ian Romanick have each published a large number of patches to the Mesa development list. Eric dropped a series of 37 patches that implement his MapTextureImage work for OpenGL while Ian Romanick has nine patches today for his Mesa IR cleaning.
16 August 2011 - Intel - 1 Comment

What Mesa Has Left With OpenGL 3, OpenGL 4

With the release this week of the OpenGL 4.2 specification (and accompanying GL Shading Language 4.20 revision), the TODO list for the open-source Mesa developers just got a bit longer. Mesa / Gallium3D still lacks full support for OpenGL 3.0 and all of the revisions since that 2008 specification release.
11 August 2011 - TODO List - 3 Comments

Mesa Developers Still Fear Patent Wrath With S2TC

One month ago I mentioned there was a possible workaround for the S3TC patent situation. The possible S3TC workaround was S2TC, which is a simpler implementation of texture compression than the patented S3 Texture Compression algorithms, and comes gratis from the developers of the Xonotic game. However, Mesa developers still aren't thrilled about this possible solution.
9 August 2011 - They're Screwed - 64 Comments

Mesa GLSL-To-TGSI Is Merged To Master

For those not closely watching the Mesa Git tree, just hours ago the Mesa GLSL-To-TGSI translator was merged to master, making it a feature for the next Mesa 7.12 (or potentially Mesa 8.0) release.
5 August 2011 - Finally - 4 Comments

Will The GLSL-To-TGSI Code Now Be Merged To Master?

Now that Mesa 7.11 has been released, will the GLSL to TGSI translator be merged to master? All indications would be yes.
1 August 2011 - Probably - 1 Comment

Mesa 7.11 Release Candidate 2 Is Here

For those not living in the wonderful land of Git for Mesa, the second release candidate of the forthcoming Mesa 7.11 release is now available.
20 July 2011 - New Mesa

VP8 Gallium3D Support In Mesa Is Being Worked On

Besides pipe-video landing in Mesa, there's some more good news to report when it comes to accelerated video playback over Mesa/Gallium3D. There's a VP8 state tracker for this Google format that's actively being developed.
14 July 2011 - Not In GSoC - 3 Comments

Mesa Gallium3D Pipe-Video Has Landed

As expected, Christian König has pushed the Gallium3D pipe-video work into the mainline Mesa repository, which will be one of the big features to be introduced in Mesa 7.12/8.0 release, not the forthcoming Mesa 7.11.
13 July 2011 - It's In Mainline - 73 Comments

GLSL-To-TGSI For Mesa Is Still Not Merged

Last month it was announced that the GLSL IR to TGSI translator for Mesa that avoids the use of the inefficient and old Mesa IR was ready to be merged. A month later, the code for this core Mesa improvement hasn't been pulled.
12 July 2011 - Translator Not Landed - 14 Comments

Gallium3D Pipe-Video To Be Merged To Mesa Master

The next release of Mesa, which will be released as either Mesa 7.12 or Mesa 8.0 (assuming OpenGL 3.0 compliance) next January, is already beginning to receive some exciting features. Mesa 7.11 isn't being released until the end of this month, but the changes taking place in Git master are quite enticing for those wishing to live on the bleeding-edge of open-source Linux graphics drivers.
11 July 2011 - Finally! - 28 Comments

Mesa Gets OpenGL 3.0 Floating-Point Depth Buffers

Yet again Marek Olšák has made another great improvement to Mesa. Recently this independent developer has been working quite a lot in implementing OpenGL 3.0 support for the open-source Mesa stack. Ending out this weekend, he now has working OGL3 floating-point depth buffers per the GL_ARB_depth_buffer_float extension.
10 July 2011 - Marek Does The Work - 9 Comments

Mesa 7.11 Release Candidate 1 Arrives

While this is non-news for many Phoronix readers that are Mesa Git followers and already onto tracking Mesa 7.12-devel after using Mesa 7.11-devel for months already, for everyone else, the first release candidate of Mesa 7.11 is now available.
9 July 2011 - It's Here - 25 Comments

Gallium3D XA State Tracker Merged To Master

Thomas Hellstrom of VMware has just merged to Mesa master the XA Gallium3D State Tracker that we previously talked about on Phoronix.
4 July 2011 - Merged For Mesa 7.12 - 4 Comments

Floating-Point Depth Buffers For Mesa

There's another item on the TODO list for Mesa's OpenGL 3.0 support to scratch off. Marek Olšák has been viciously finishing up bits of OpenGL 3.0 support (along with his always-excellent work to the Radeon Gallium3D drivers) and has now produced a set of 13 patches that provide floating-point depth buffers.
1 July 2011 - Marek Does Great Work - 4 Comments

Mesa's OpenGL 3.0 TODO List Is Becoming Smaller

Via a commit to the TODO list concerning Mesa's support for the OpenGL 3.0 specification, Marek Olšák has confirmed that vertex texture image units for OGL3 are "DONE" and working on the R600 Gallium3D driver.
30 June 2011 - Scratch It Off - 15 Comments

The Different Gallium3D Drivers Available

Due to some user confusion after this morning's Intel Gallium3D article regarding what Intel IGPs are actually covered by this community-alternative to Intel's official classic Mesa driver, here's an overview of all the different Gallium3D drivers.
30 June 2011 - A List - 8 Comments

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