The New SuperTuxKart Looks Better, But Can Cause GPU/Driver Problems
A new SuperTuxKart beta premiered today after one year of work and lands their new graphics engine that leverages OpenGL 3.1 for rendering. I've now had some hands on time with this open-source GL3 game with some initial thoughts.
With today's SuperTuxKart 0.8.2 beta, an Intel HD Graphics 3000 "Sandy Bridge" GPU is expressed as the bare minimum for running the game now that it leverages OpenGL 3.1 and newer. The developers also recommend using the proprietary drivers as opposed to the open-source Mesa/Gallium3D drivers.
supported by the Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org. The commands for running an automated test are roughly the same as the older release, but the --track command seemed to have some issues for me on this new beta. It also appears there might be some other command-line changes with this new beta. Once there is an official Linux packaged snapshot, I'll work on getting the PTS/OB test profile updates for being able to easily run performance tests of the new beta via phoronix-test-suite benchmark supertuxkart.