Valve & Intel Work On Open-Source GPU Drivers
Phoronix: Valve & Intel Work On Open-Source GPU Drivers
As the latest Valve Linux news for today, Valve Software actually cares about open-source Linux graphics drivers. Last week they had the Intel OTC Linux graphics team out to Bellevue to jointly work on the OpenGL renderer for the Source Engine and the Intel Mesa driver...
This is excellent! But what about the gallium3d(radeon, nouveau) camp?
I think the work done on the intel driver usually migrates to all the drivers (g3d) eventually.
Originally Posted by log0
I hope that we will have news on the AMD front also. But i am not holding my breath on it.
do the same with AMD and i will be more than happy to give you my money...
I guess Valve Linux Team will be happy to see developers from AMD in their office, if they decide to come.
Originally Posted by VeganProvolone
Same for nouveau developers.
Unless we are talking r300g, I think that the othere open driveres have way to much they already need to fix, implement and optimize that it would make much sence to start looking at optimizing for specefic games.
This sounds great, ofc.
On the other hand, the title is a bit misleading here IMHO.
If they want to go get the intel GPUs into play - and Valve surely does - then they
have to deal with an open-source driver. There is no other driver.
So let's hope we hear some news soon from Valve what ideas they have
concerning the F/OSS radeon and nouveau drivers. TBH, I'm a bit sceptical here.
There are far superior blob drivers by means of performance and
significantly optimising the open drivers doesn't seem to be low-hanging grapes.
To me it would be an unbelievable (and appreciated) move if they put huge efforts
into the open drivers, when there's already something working where they can easily
communicate (I guess so) with developers from NVidia and AMD. Just from a companies POV, ofc...
Then again, we still don't know to full extent what Valve is really up to.
Well, who knows for Nouveau. At the moment, the real problem is power management and we are working on it. The maintainer will help me on this whenever he is done with the infrastructure work.
Originally Posted by RussianNeuroMancer
Anyway, what truly is needed is early access to the games in the future for all gallium devs.
Kudos to Valve.
Well, it makes sense for them to support open source drivers.
Older hardware support. This is important when driver updates are only for those who have the latest graphic cards. This makes it harder to squash bugs, since it could be the drivers fault, and if the drivers aren't unified in version then it's a painful process to fix issues.