Mesa News Archives
A Fourth Release Candidate For Mesa 7.5

The release of Mesa 7.5.0, which is the first version of this open-source 3D stack to include support for Gallium3D, is running a bit behind schedule. Fortunately, however, Brian Paul has pushed out what is the fourth (and final) release candidate for the 7.5 series. There isn't anything too exciting in this release compared to Mesa 7.5 RC3 that arrived earlier this month, but just more fixes.

27 June 2009 - Final Should Come Soon - 32 Comments
Gallium3D Gets A New Driver

Last month we were excited over the release of a OpenVG state tracker and OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 state trackers for Gallium3D along with confirmation that OpenCL and OpenGL 3.1 state trackers are under development. Neither of these new state trackers have yet to arrive, but just committed to the Mesa repository is a new Gallium3D driver. However, before leaping for joy, this is not a new hardware GPU driver for a NVIDIA or ATI/AMD graphics card, but is rather just being referred to as the "identity" driver.

24 June 2009 - The Identity Driver - 13 Comments
Mesa 7.4.3 Brings A Handful Of Fixes

While Mesa 7.5 will be out very soon and there are already features in the pipe for Mesa 7.6 (like the OpenVG and OpenGL ES state trackers for Gallium3D), a final point release in the Mesa 7.4 series is now out in the wild.

19 June 2009 - But Mesa 7.5 Is Coming Soon - Add A Comment
Radeon 3D Driver Rewrite Merged To Master

It has been several months coming, but the "radeon-rewrite" driver has been merged into the mainline Mesa code-base in the past hour. Red Hat's David Airlie had been working on the Radeon driver rewrite (a March '09 update) that adds buffer manager to all of the ATI Mesa 3D drivers (going back to the R100/200 series) along with working on support for DRI2 and OpenGL FBOs (Frame Buffer Objects) and other fundamental enhancements. In general the code is also now much cleaner and there are also some other improvements too thanks to patches from other interested developers.

11 June 2009 - New Mesa Driver For ATI Hardware - 31 Comments
Mesa 7.5 RC3 Brings Build, Bug Fixes

Mesa 7.5 with its Gallium3D love is nearing. In time for some weekend testing, Brian Paul has announced the release of Mesa 7.5 Release Candidate 3. This third test release brings more build and bug fixes with more than 50 commits since Mesa 7.5 RC2 a month ago. In this new release there are fixes throughout the Mesa code-base, but not really any prominent changes. In fact, the Mesa 7.5 RC3 release announcement is just two lines long.

5 June 2009 - New Mesa 7.5 Test Release - 24 Comments
Gallium3D Picks Up Networking Support

The folks at Tungsten Graphics, which are owned by VMware, have been busy with new software releases so far this summer. Mesa 7.5 is coming along well and the Gallium3D driver architecture is now merged into the Mesa mainline code-base for release with Mesa 7.6. When it comes to Gallium3D an OpenVG state tracker has been released along with two OpenGL ES state trackers to accelerate the OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0 APIs. There are also OpenCL and OpenGL 3.1 state trackers under development.

1 June 2009 - What Is VMware Working On - 15 Comments
OpenCL, OpenGL 3.1 State Trackers "Hopefully Soon"

Yesterday afternoon there were two new Gallium3D state trackers released by VMware / Tungsten Graphics for OpenGL ES 1.1 and ES 2.0 support. With these new state trackers there is now OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 acceleration for any graphics hardware that has a Gallium3D driver. The OpenGL ES state trackers came just weeks after the release of an OpenVG state tracker.

16 May 2009 - Along With The OpenCL ST - Add A Comment
OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 State Trackers For Gallium3D

Just minutes after announcing Mesa 7.5 Release Candidate 2, Brian Paul has announced that he is in the process of pushing out Gallium3D state trackers for OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0. These two new state trackers for this forthcoming Linux graphics architecture are coming just two weeks after an OpenVG state tracker was released for accelerating this other Khronos API.

15 May 2009 - OpenGL ES State Trackers!! - 11 Comments
Mesa 7.5 Release Candidate 2 Brings Few Fixes

The second release candidate for the forthcoming release of Mesa 7.5 is now available. The first release candidate arrived merely a week ago, but RC2 brings a couple more fixes to the table. There is an ATI R300 series fix, a few fixes for the Intel 3D driver, and Mesa has a fix for a texture memory leak.

15 May 2009 - Mesa 7.5 Final Gets Closer - 6 Comments
Mesa 7.5 Release Candidate 1 Now Available

Mesa 7.5 was supposed to be released in early April, but just a few days before that release the plans had changed. David Airlie really wanted to get his Radeon driver rewrite merged sooner rather than later, and some other changes were pending that also held up the Mesa 7.5 release.

8 May 2009 - Hello Gallium3D - 12 Comments
OpenVG 1.0 State Tracker Is Here!

Yesterday we shared the exciting news that an OpenVG state tracker was coming quite quickly to the Gallium3D architecture for providing hardware-acceleration to this 2D vector graphics drawing API commonly used with mobile devices. This hour the OpenVG 1.0 state tracker was committed to the Mesa code-base.

1 May 2009 - Nice Work Tungsten Graphics / VMware - 13 Comments
OpenVG State Tracker For Gallium3D Tomorrow

Zack Rusin, a well known employee of Tungsten Graphics (well, VMware), has announced quite the present for Mesa developers and those looking forward to the widespread adoption of the Gallium3D graphics driver architecture. Tomorrow he will be pushing out perhaps the most interesting state tracker yet, one for OpenVG.

30 April 2009 - Zack Ruins The Surprise - 25 Comments
Gallium3D-Capable Mesa 7.5 Release This Week!

It was just three months ago that Mesa 7.3 was released and then work on stabilizing this graphics stack to form Mesa 7.4 began. When the development began on Mesa 7.5, the Gallium3D architecture was merged to master. This work soon will appear in a released version of Mesa.

7 April 2009 - Initial Gallium3D Development - 25 Comments
Open-Source R600 OpenGL Support May Come Soon

In late December AMD had released open-source R600/700 3D code and a month later they released the 3D documentation that covers these Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 series graphics cards. The initial code drop didn't do much good for end-users as they couldn't do much more than render a couple triangles, but over the past few months the open-source developers have been working on the proper Mesa support for the R600/700 graphics cards in a private code repository. Now this code may finally be pushed out to the general public in the near future.

28 March 2009 - Finally, New ATI 3D Acceleration - 15 Comments
Mesa 7.4 Released, Fixes The 7.3 Bugs

Just a bit more than two months have passed since Mesa 7.3 was released (and about one week since the first 7.4 release candidate), but this evening Brian Paul announced the final release of Mesa 7.4. This new Mesa release incorporates bug-fixes since the 7.3 release. Mesa 7.3 introduced the 3D component for providing DRI2 support, the Graphics Execution Manager for memory management with supported hardware drivers, and improved support for the GL Shading Language.

27 March 2009 - Mesa3D OpenGL Stack Stabilized - 30 Comments
Gallium3D Now At Version 0.3 In Mesa

It has been a number of months since version 0.2 of Gallium3D was declared, but today Keith Whitwell finally bumped the version to 0.3. While Gallium3D isn't yet in a state for end-users, may changes have went on since the creation of the Gallium3D v0.2 branch. Due to numerous interface changes, the Gallium3D version was bumped.

24 March 2009 - Brings API Changes & More Work - 14 Comments
Radeon Driver Rewrite Only Has A Few Things Left

Back in February we talked about the work that David Airlie is doing to rewrite the ATI Radeon driver for Mesa. Soon now it looks like this rewritten code may land in the mainline Mesa code-base once a few more items are addressed. The rewrite of this open-source ATI 3D support brings buffer management support for all supported ATI hardware, DRI2, Frame Buffer Objects, and all of this work is a prerequisite for having kernel memory management (such as with GEM).

23 March 2009 - Soon Coming To Git Master - 24 Comments
Mesa 7.4 Release Candidate 1 Released

Mesa 7.3 was released back in January and was branched from the master Git tree so that it can be stabilized further and go on to form Mesa 7.4. Well, nearly three months later, Mesa 7.4 is getting close to being released. On this Friday evening, Brian Paul has announced the first release of Mesa 7.4.

20 March 2009 - A New Stable Release Of Mesa - 7 Comments
Gallium3D Gets Xorg, DRI2 State Trackers

Gallium3D recently landed in Mesa's mainline code-base and work on it continues to move forward in a steadfast manner. Committed to Mesa's master branch last night for Gallium3D were state trackers for Xorg and DRI2.

3 March 2009 - Isn't Gallium3D Just Wonderful? - 18 Comments
Intel TTM Officially Dies, Code Stripped Away In Mesa

TTM, or Translation Table Maps, the memory manager developed by Tungsten Graphics, is now dead. TTM has been dwindling away since last year when Intel introduced the Graphics Execution Manager (which has since entered the mainline Linux kernel), but now the code for this memory manager has been dropped from Mesa's Intel driver.

12 February 2009 - GEM Is A Killer - 11 Comments
Gallium3D Now In Mainline Mesa Code-Base!

Gallium3D, the 3D graphics driver that has long been in development by Tungsten Graphics, has finally entered the mainline Mesa code-base! Gallium3D has a lot of capabilities and will be of much benefit to Linux desktop users once all 3D drivers have been ported to this new architecture (for more information read our articles or the Tungsten Wiki). We shared yesterday that Gallium3D was in the process of being merged and that is now completed within Mesa's master branch. Gallium3D will now be a feature for Mesa 7.5/7.6.

11 February 2009 - It's Finally There!!! - 33 Comments
Gallium3D Merging To Mesa Master This Week

We have known that Gallium3D would soon be landing in Mesa and now it looks like that will take place this week. In fact, Gallium3D is in the process of being merged to the master development branch right now and should be complete within a day or two. Gallium3D will then appear in Mesa 7.5 / 7.6, but not the forthcoming stable Mesa 7.4 release.

10 February 2009 - Here Comes Gallium3D Fun! - 3 Comments
OpenCL In Gallium3D By Summer

Zack Rusin, one of the influential developers behind the Linux graphics scene, has blogged about OpenCL support in the free software stack. Just yesterday we talked about support for OpenCL in GCC, but Zack's work deals with implementing support for the Open Computing Language into the open-source X.Org drivers.

2 February 2009 - He Hopes To At Least - 20 Comments
A Mesa (OpenGL) Driver For The Nintendo Wii?

There is now talk on the Mesa 3D development list about the possibility of having a Mesa driver for the Nintendo Wii. Those working on developing custom games for this console platform have already experienced some success in bringing OpenGL to the Wii through the use of Mesa.

28 January 2009 - It's Been Requested - 7 Comments
Mesa 7.5 Gets New OpenGL Extensions & More

Mesa 7.3 was only released a few days back and then the branch for the stabilized Mesa 7.4 created, but new work for Mesa 7.5 has already hit Mesa's Git master branch. The Gallium3D architecture has yet to enter the mainline Mesa code for Mesa 7.5, but still there's new OpenGL extensions and other work worth noting.

24 January 2009 - But No OpenGL 3.0 / GLSL 1.30 - Add A Comment
A Video Decoding Interface For Gallium3D

Yesterday we talked about Nouveau Gallium3D video improvements that are allowing 1080p video clips to now play with this open-source driver stack. Today there's an ongoing discussion about a proper video decoding interface for Gallium3D.

20 January 2009 - Here's What's Being Proposed - 5 Comments
Mesa 7.3 Release Candidate 3 Is Out

Just shy of a week since tagging Mesa 7.3 RC2, Brian Paul has announced Mesa 7.3 Release Candidate 3. This third release candidate is made up of a few GLSL changes and some Intel-specific work. Support for RGBA4444 and RGBA5551 texture formats have also been added.

20 January 2009 - Last RC Before Going Gold - Add A Comment
Mesa 7.3 Release Candidate 2 Now Available

Just five days after announcing the Mesa 7.3 Release Candidate 1 with improved GLSL 1.20 support, Intel GEM support, and Direct Rendering Infrastructure 2 integration, the second release candidate has now surfaced.

14 January 2009 - Mesa 7.3 Gets Closer - 2 Comments
Gallium3D To Enter Mainline Mesa Code

As we shared late last week, Mesa 7.3 is getting ready for release with the first release candidate having arrived. Mesa 7.3 will feature improved GLSL 1.20 support, support for the Graphics Execution Manager, and Direct Rendering Infrastructure 2 integration. The stabilized version of Mesa 7.3 will then go to make Mesa 7.4.

12 January 2009 - Makes For Exciting Mesa 7.5/7.6 - 18 Comments

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