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[News] Loads of Progress in Linux Graphics: Radeon HD , Mesa, Gallium3D, VIA

  • Subject: [News] Loads of Progress in Linux Graphics: Radeon HD , Mesa, Gallium3D, VIA
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 22:51:14 +0100
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ATI Radeon HD 5850/5870 On Linux?

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| Unlike with the ATI RV770 launch where we were able to 
| report on their evolutionary leap in Linux support 
| through providing same-day Catalyst drivers and many 
| other feature improvements and also had out Radeon HD 
| 4850 and Radeon HD 4870 Linux benchmarks. This time 
| around though, we have nothing. We have no Evergreen 
| hardware in hand and have not even received any 
| technical briefings on this new hardware.


Mesa 7.6 Planned For Release Next Week

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| Mesa 7.6 provides support for a number of new OpenGL 
| extensions with its software rasterizer and the Intel 
| i965 driver mostly, there is the rewritten 
| Radeon/R200/R300 driver that uses the buffer manager 
| (a.k.a. the Radeon 3D driver re-write), 
| GL_EXT_framebuffer_object support for ATI when using 
| the TTM memory manager, proper OpenGL 1.5 support for 
| the ATI R300 series (and VBO + OQ support), and the 
| assembly shader rework. This in fact is just a small 
| portion of the changes. Mesa 7.6 is quite a huge update 
| compared to Mesa 7.5, which was just released in July. 


Gallium3D's Softpipe Driver Now Runs Faster

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| The softpipe driver will remain an area that's used for 
| experimenting with new ideas by developers. 


VIA's Improved Framebuffer Driver In Linux 2.6.32

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| While VIA's Chrome 9 DRM has yet to be accepted into 
| the mainline Linux kernel since its mostly used by 
| VIA's binary-only driver and then recently an updated 
| 2D driver, with the viafb driver outside of X.Org, this 
| frame-buffer driver has picked up many improvements 
| with the Linux 2.6.32 kernel. 



How Important Is The Wayland Display Server?

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| Last November we detailed the Wayland Display Server, which came about as a lightweight
| alternative to the X.Org Server and leveraged the latest Linux graphics technologies
| (primarily kernel mode-setting), and is designed elegantly with the rendering and
| compositing all being done by Wayland. Quite a bit of work was going on with this
| project early on to the point of running two X Servers within Wayland and then talk of a
| Clutter back-end for Wayland, but over the summer there has not been much to report.
| However, with the KMS page-flipping ioctl going into the Linux 2.6.32 kernel -- which is
| used by Wayland -- there should be some renewed activity with this project shortly.

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