Mesa May Soon Enable OpenGL ES 1.x/2.x By Default

Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 26 May 2015 at 08:51 AM EDT. 2 Comments
While many Linux desktops using the open-source Mesa graphics drivers are shipping with OpenGL ES 1.x/2.x support, this mobile/embedded version of OpenGL isn't enabled by default within Mesa.

Marek Olšák of AMD has sent out this patch that would now allow the building of GLES1/GLES2 support by default on new Mesa installations. It hasn't yet landed in Mesa Git, but there's presumably no reason why it would be blocked from landing given that Mesa's GLES support has gotten into shape and they're currently working towards OpenGL ES 3.1 compliance. There would be options though to configure at build-time for disabling GLES1/GLES2 support should you not be interested and just want to save a bit of space off your build.

Related, Marek posted a second patch at the same time to build the EGL DRM platform by default. The EGL DRM platform support is required for the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.

These changes will likely land well in time for Mesa 10.7.
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