With yesterday's news about AMD planning GLVND support for their Linux driver -- which follows the NVIDIA 361 driver being the first to ship GLVND, years after NVIDIA began working on this OpenGL Vendor-Neutral Dispatch Library -- many have been wondering how Mesa fits into the equation.
More than a few times over the years various Linux users have come forward to profess their "new" idea for improving open-source Linux GPU driver performance: the CPU-based LLVMpipe should work in tandem with a graphics card's hardware driver to deliver better performance.
Christian König of AMD's open-source driver team landed some improvements this week into Gallium3D's video acceleration state tracker.
Emil Velikov announced the release this morning of Mesa 11.1.1 as the first big point release over Mesa 11.1.
Similar to yesterday's look at the Linux kernel Git code with its nearly 20.8 million lines, I also ran some Git statistics on Mesa to see how its development numbers panned out for the year.
Ilia Mirkin has seemingly not taken much time off from his Mesa hacking for the holidays. On Thursday this developer who most frequently works on the Nouveau and Freedreno drivers has published patches for better ARB_multi_draw_indirect handling.
For those fortunate enough to have a POWER8 system running Linux, the LLVMpipe software rasterizer should now be running faster.
This year Mesa made a heck of a lot of progress on advancing open-source 3D driver support for Linux and other operating systems. While Mesa isn't yet caught up with OpenGL 4.5, over the past twelve months there was a heck of a lot of progress made on OpenGL 4 support.
Mesa developer Jason Ekstrand has published a patch set today for providing real function support inside NIR, the new Mesa intermediate representation.
As an exciting early Christmas present for Intel Linux users, ARB_tessellation_shader support has landed in Mesa Git as needed by OpenGL 4!
For those that haven't moved onto the Mesa 11.1 series yet, Emil Velikov has announced the release of Mesa 11.0.8 that backports many fixes to this previous stable series.
Long-time open-source graphics driver contributor and one of the newer members of AMD's open-source driver team, Nicolai Hähnle, has written an insightful article about debugging GPU VM faults.
Emil Velikov has just released Mesa 11.1!
With the upcoming Linux 4.5 kernel cycle there's going to be open-source 3D acceleration for the Raspberry Pi via the VC4 DRM driver that was originally added for Linux 4.4
Open-source AMD Linux users who are habitual Mesa Git users will want to pull down the latest code.
Intel's Jorden Justen has landed the long in-progress ARB_compute_shader support inside Mesa. This compute shader support is available for Ivy Bridge "Gen 7" graphics and newer.
While Mesa 11.1 is right around the corner, Emil Velikov today announced the release of Mesa 11.0.7 as the latest collection of stable fixes.
Beyond all the recent kernel work with landing the initial Raspberry Pi KMS driver for the Linux 4.4 kernel, Eric Anholt at Broadcom has remained busy in user-space too with more improvements to the VC4 Gallium3D driver.
The third release candidate to Mesa 11.1 is now available for testing.
It's coming a few days late, but Mesa 11.1 Release Candidate 2 was officially released today.
Thanks to work by Red Hat's David Airlie, the R600 Gallium3D driver is very close to having OpenGL tessellation support, which will then allow this pre-GCN AMD open-source driver to expose OpenGL 4.1 compliance.
Mesa 11.1 is set to be released next month and while it won't advance the OpenGL 4 state for the Intel/Radeon/Nouveau drivers, there is a lot of other changes that have built up over the past quarter to get excited about for users of this open-source Linux graphics driver stack.
Given the fairly slow news day due to the holidays this week in the United States, here are some extra benchmarks to share this evening: some Mesa 11.0.2 vs. 11.2-devel Git benchmarks with an Intel Skylake system,
Our poll on Twitter this weekend was: Do you think Mesa will catch up to supporting the latest Khronos OpenGL specification (OpenGL 4.5+) next year?
A few months back Intel enabled ASTC texture compression support in their open-source drivers while Mesa's Gallium3D drivers have yet to see such treatment.
As a follow up to this morning's article about The Next Mesa Release Doesn't Have Any Major OpenGL Breakthrough, Mesa 11.1 has now been branched and the first release candidate has been sent off.
Mesa won't end out 2015 with reaching any new OpenGL support level, at least as far as Mesa in released form is concerned.
Mesa 11.0.6 was released this morning as the latest stable, bug-fix release for this important open-source 3D driver component to the Linux desktop.
Ian Romanick has landed support for the GL_EXT_shader_samples_identical extension within Mesa. This is a new OpenGL extension worked on by this member of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center team.
The Freedreno Gallium3D driver as the community-based, open-source 3D driver for Qualcomm Adreno graphics hardware will have OpenGL 3.1 support with the upcoming Mesa 11.1 release.
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