Phoronix: Mesa 7.9 Makes It To The Release Candidate Stage
Mesa 7.9, one of the biggest updates to this open-source graphics driver stack in quite a while, is almost here. Ian Romanick has made available a release candidate for Mesa 7.9 and is saying the final release will be here one week from now (4 October) barring any major issues cropping up...
There were some useful new fixes for r600c (HD2xxx-HD5xxx) checked into 7.9 over the last day or so, including stencil support for Evergreen (HD5xxx). This would be a great time to try out the latest code before 7.9 locks and ships.
If you are running HD5xxx I believe you need the latest DDX from the evergreen-accel branch as well.
Apparently OpenArena runs properly on Evergreen now
ioquake3 has been working on evergreen for a while, it's been playable since the mipmap fixes. (it was playable before, just ugly). Didn't test openarena, but it's based on the same engine.
I noticed that even simple 3d apps are affected by resolution, even though fill rate shouldn't be a problem there. I guess it's because colortiling is still missing for evergreen?
At one point all gfx froze. I could still move the mouse pointer, but there were no more framebuffer updates, no VT switches, couldn't kill X, nothing. This happened before, but due to a lack of messages in dmesg or xorg.0.log or any reliable reproducability, I wouldn't know how to properly report it.