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  • dragorth
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    Originally posted by NateHubbard View Post

    Maybe there is some particular case where you'd want to run something that is both newer and less demanding at the same time, but it usually doesn't work that way.
    I gave the simplest example of window managers already, do you want more? Font rendering in text editors, ebook readers, which frankly text reading is the majority occupation of most on a desktop system, old school games and emulators, word processors, spreadsheets, most office work in fact, and all of these are just on Linux.

    On MorphOS, they are stuck with much older cards than these currently, currently stuck at the ATI X1900 line of PCI-E cards as the latest stable cards, which is why they are porting some drivers and Mesa code to enable cards of this caliber.

    This will simply allow them to do crazy things like use 4K displays on Power Mac G5s and have some hardware decode for their Wayfarer Browser based off the latest Chromium releases.

    There are whole businesses that run on hardware that is less powerful than this.

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  • NateHubbard
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    Originally posted by dragorth View Post
    There are lots of side effects to such a thing, for instance, could Zink run on this and offer up to date OpenGL on it? For low demanding applications, such as Older Windows Games, Emulation software, and older machines, this puts it in the running to allow things like Wayland to do basic Vulkan displays.
    Maybe there is some particular case where you'd want to run something that is both newer and less demanding at the same time, but it usually doesn't work that way.

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  • dragorth
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    There are lots of side effects to such a thing, for instance, could Zink run on this and offer up to date OpenGL on it? For low demanding applications, such as Older Windows Games, Emulation software, and older machines, this puts it in the running to allow things like Wayland to do basic Vulkan displays.

    However, Mesa is something that is used on more than just Linux. In fact, it is used when porting Linux GPU DRM drivers in other OSes. Things like NetBSD and FreeBSD have compatibility layers that take these drivers and allow these devices to work on their systems.
    GenodeOS does the same thing, and other projects, such as AmigaOS 4 has drivers based on this, and MorphOS are in the process of adding drivers for this class of card.

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  • Open-Source "Terakan" Vulkan Driver For Radeon HD 6000 Series Shown On Windows

    Phoronix: Open-Source "Terakan" Vulkan Driver For Radeon HD 6000 Series Shown On Windows

    The past year there's been an independent open-source driver developer working on "Terakan" as a Vulkan driver for old Radeon HD 6000 series GPUs. These pre-GCN GPUs never received any official Vulkan driver support from AMD but thanks to open-source and a strong desire to pull off such a feat, Vitaliy Kuzmin "Triang3l" has been pursuing this challenge and has been pulling off some basic results. The work so far has been predominantly been carried out with the open-source Linux graphics stack while this weekend the Terakan driver was demonstrated under Microsoft Windows...

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