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Francisco Jerez has begun landing his driver patches into mainline Mesa for supporting the GL_ARB_shader_image_load_store extension as mandated by the OpenGL 4.2 specification.
15 January 2014 - GL_ARB_shader_image_load_store - 1 Comment
For those that haven't jumped onto the VDPAU state tracker bandwagon with the Gallium3D graphics drivers but are reliant upon the XvMC state tracker, your days may be limited. While the XvMC support code is still found within Mesa, it's now disabled by default.
14 January 2014 - XvMC - 12 Comments
Back in 2010 there was native Direct3D 10/11 support on Linux via a Gallium3D state tracker implemented for the Radeon/Nouveau open-source drivers. The D3D 10/11 Linux support was ultimately removed but last year a Direct3D 9 state tracker was published with patches for it to be taken advantage of by Wine. That work has now been restored.
13 January 2014 - Gallium3D Direct3D - 72 Comments
For those living on Mesa stable releases rather than the adventerous and exciting world of Mesa Git where new features and performance improvements frequently land, Mesa 10.0.2 is now available.
11 January 2014 - Mesa 10.0.2 - 2 Comments
Paul Berry at Intel has published his mega set of 30 patches for Mesa that are very exciting as they work to start implementing compute shaders support inside Mesa.
10 January 2014 - Mesa Compute Shaders - 16 Comments
One of the new extensions being worked on in early 2014 is for the OpenGL ES 2.0 GL_OES_get_program_binary extension to help with offline GLSL shader compilation.
2 January 2014 - GL_OES_get_program_binary - 3 Comments
With the year quickly coming to an end, here's some statistics about the development of the open-source Mesa graphics driver stack.
26 December 2013 - Mesa 2013 Stats - 1 Comment
Going on for a while now has been the "etnaviv" driver project to create an open-source user-space graphics driver for the Vivante GC embedded GPUs. Work has slowed up to the Git repository as of late, but there still is the yet-to-be-mainlined Mesa classic driver.
25 December 2013 - Vivante Mesa
Patches published for Mesa today are beginning to work on adaptive vsync support and eventually the GLX_EXT_swap_control_tear extension.
14 December 2013 - GLX_swap_control_tear - 28 Comments
Published back in November were a list of Newbie Projects for Mesa, easy but important contributions that could be done by new open-source developers looking to enter the world of open-source Linux graphics drivers. Fortunately, the project is still bearing fruit.
12 December 2013 - Easy Mesa Code - 2 Comments
The exciting Mesa 10.0 graphics driver stack landed today in the "Trusty Tahr" archive for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. For many users this means better open-source GPU driver performance, new OpenGL support, and other new features.
9 December 2013 - Ubuntu 14.04 Mesa 10.0 - 14 Comments
The Freedreno open-source Gallium3D driver for reverse-engineered open-source support for Qualcomm's Adreno/Snapdragon graphics now has support for the new Adreno 330 within the driver's shader compiler.
7 December 2013 - Adreno 330 Snapdragon - 7 Comments
Mesa 10.0 with its many exciting features and improved performance should be available from the Ubuntu 14.04 archive next week. A call-for-testing using a special PPA is available right now.
4 December 2013 - Mesa 10.0 - 8 Comments
While the ATI Radeon X1000 (R500) series graphics processors are about eight years old, there's still requests from time-to-time to run new benchmarks to show how the open-source Gallium3D driver is working for the ancient graphics hardware powered by the R300g code-base. For those into old ATI R500 GPUs, here's some benchmarks of the latest code.
4 December 2013 - ATI R300g - 6 Comments
There's more RadeonSI Gallium3D driver improvements that landed today and overall Mesa/G3D improvements.
3 December 2013 - AMD_vertex_shader_layer - 1 Comment
While it's coming late, Mesa 10.0 (formerly known as Mesa 9.3) was released in the early hours of Sunday morning.
1 December 2013 - Mesa 10.0 - 23 Comments
While we're still waiting for the official Mesa 10.0 release that was supposed to happen yesterday, the Mesa 9.2.4 stable release came out in its place.
28 November 2013 - Mesa 9.2.4
While yesterday I wrote about (and benchmarked) Gallium3D's LLVMpipe being rather unchanged lately with still advertising OpenGL 2.1 and no recent performance changes, there is improvements ongoing. Proposed today were patches that would enable LLVMpipe to advertise OpenGL 3.3 support.
27 November 2013 - GL 3.3 LLVMpipe - 6 Comments
Mesa 10.0 is due to be released today and with it will become many new features that landed in this open-source graphics driver project over the past three months.
27 November 2013 - Mesa 10.0 - 23 Comments
LLVMpipe is now commonly used as the fallback Linux software rasterizer on modern desktop distributions when no GPU hardware driver is available, but its performance still isn't anything to write home about and the OpenGL capabilities is still far behind that of core Mesa's OpenGL 3.3 support.
26 November 2013 - LLVMpipe - 3 Comments
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