Nouveau NVC0 & RadeonSI Now Officially Expose OpenGL 4.3
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 27 May 2016 at 05:02 PM EDT. 26 Comments
Their drivers have basically been at OpenGL 4.3 compliance for a few days now, but today the switch was finally made where the Nouveau NVC0 and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers are officially advertising OpenGL 4.3 support.

There was hesitation on exposing OpenGL 4.3 through the version string as it ended up putting Unreal Engine 4 into poor shape, but nevertheless, the commits have landed.

A short time ago was the NVC0 commit to enable OpenGL 4.3 for Nouveau with GeForce 400/500 "Fermi" and GeForce 600/700 "Kepler" graphics cards.

Following that was the RadeonSI commit for exposing OpenGL 4.3. Besides needing Mesa master, RadeonSI's OpenGL 4.3 support also depends upon LLVM 3.9 for the newest AMDGPU compiler back-end code.

Any new fallout from Nouveau and RadeonSI exposing OpenGL 4.3 will then be taken care of in the next few weeks during the Mesa 11.3/12.0 release candidates. The branching for the next Mesa release is expected to happen soon. Quite the release with a lot of new OpenGL 4 support for not only RadeonSI and Nouveau but also Intel's driver.
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