Mesa Has Already Seen More Code Changes This Year Than All Of 2015

Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 31 August 2016 at 10:29 AM EDT. 55 Comments
With the work on the Intel Vulkan driver, OpenGL 4.x being close to finished off for the main graphics drivers, and AMD doubling down work on performance optimizations, there is already more code changes in Mesa Git this year than all of 2015.

So far this year there have been 7,103 commits while last year saw 9,611 commits and 2014 saw 7,059. With still four full months left to the year, we should beat last year on a commit basis. However, we already beat last year in terms of actual code changes.

As of yesterday in Mesa Git there were 439,819 new lines of code and 242,929 lines of deleted code... Compared to 411,987 new lines and 233,332 lines of deleted code for all of 2015. This also beats out 2014 and is close to the 2012~2013 code change levels. When the year is through, it should prove to be a very interesting year for Mesa and the entire open-source Linux graphics stack for that matter. May not be the year of the Linux desktop, but certainly looking like the year of the open-source GPU drivers, if not for next year's benefit when lots of the current goodies in Git will begin shipping in the stable distributions.

Mesa Git has seen a total so far of more than 84.5k commits and currently is made up of 5,183 files amounting to 1,904,127 lines of code from around 700 developers.

The most prolific Mesa contributors this year so far include Jason Ekstrand, Marek Olšák, Kenneth Graunke, Nicolai Hähnle, Ilia Mirkin, and Brian Paul.

If you want to dig through more Mesa Git data, see the latest Mesa GitStats.
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