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[News] New NVIDIA and ATI Additions to Linux Graphics Stack

  • Subject: [News] New NVIDIA and ATI Additions to Linux Graphics Stack
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 10:06:27 +0000
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NVClock's Thunderbird To Launch New Project

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| Roderick Colenbrander, or better known by 
| his Internet name of Thunderbird (not to be 
| confused with the Mozilla mail client), will 
| soon be announcing a new software project 
| that is supposed to be rather interesting, 
| according to him. Roderick is known for 
| starting the NVClock project years prior to 
| the existence of CoolBits support for Linux 
| to enable NVIDIA graphics card overclocking 
| (and other tweaking) with Linux.


NVIDIA To Enhance Its X Render Support?

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| This afternoon two patches hit the xorg-
| devel list that were written by Robert 
| Morell and reviewed by Aaron Plattner. Both 
| Morell and Plattner are NVIDIA employees. 
| One of the patches is to cleanup of use of 
| improper types in size calculation with the 
| RENDER extension. The second RENDER patch is 
| more important and it adds PanoramiX 
| wrappers for gradients and solid fills with 
| Xinerama.


Initial Open ATI Evergreen Support By FOSDEM?

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| Hopefully the Evergreen support with mode-
| setting and ShadowFB support will be here by 
| FOSDEM on the 6th of February, but it will 
| still be longer before there is real 2D 
| acceleration (EXA) or any 3D acceleration 
| within the open-source stack.



R600/700 Mesa Driver Picks Up Blit Support

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| While a blitter module was introduced for
| Gallium3D that uses the 3D engine for
| blitting, this doesn't help those without blit
| support that are still running the "classic"
| Mesa driver stack. Over the night, however,
| blit support has arrived for the ATI R600/700
| Mesa driver. This support arrived in the form
| of three commits (1, 2, 3) that increase the
| driver's code-base by around 2,000 lines of
| code.


Wicd 1.7 Released With New Features

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| For those that prefer wicd to NetworkManager
| or other programs for managing network
| connections under Linux, a new release of the
| Wireless Interface Connection Daemon is now
| available. Wicd 1.7.0 is arriving just about
| six months after the release of wicd 1.6.0,
| but this 2010 release does bring some new
| features.


Mesa 7.8 In March; Mesa 8.0 To Have OpenGL 3

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| This week in the Mesa world Gallium3D feature
| levels came about and a new EGL state tracker
| was released. The week though is not over and
| there are more announcements coming out for
| this free software OpenGL stack used on Linux
| and other operating systems.


The State Of OpenGL 3.x in Mesa Core

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| While ATI R600 users only recently received
| OpenGL 2.0 hardware support within the open-
| source Radeon 3D stack and there is many more
| OpenGL extensions to be implemented just not
| for the ATI Mesa driver but the other DRI
| drivers as well, Brian Paul has published a
| document that lays out the current state of
| OpenGL 3.x within the classic Mesa core. This
| document lays out what core Mesa supports and
| not necessarily that any of the drivers are
| implementing the said support at this time.
| Granted, with Mesa not really being very
| performance-efficient at this time or capable
| of running most games, a majority of users
| will be waiting for the OpenGL 3.x state
| tracker for Gallium3D.


Mesa 7.6 Gets Pulled Into Ubuntu 9.10

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| Mesa 7.6 does not drastically change the level of
| performance compared to the older Mesa snapshot
| that was found in Ubuntu Karmic up until today,
| but there are improvements in a few areas. In the
| below example from an Intel G43 system we
| compared the Ubuntu 9.04, Ubuntu 9.10 Beta, and
| Ubuntu 9.10 Beta with Mesa 7.6 performance using
| the Phoronix Test Suite. With the Urban Terror
| game there were performance improvements already
| to be found in Ubuntu 9.10 compared to Ubuntu
| 9.04 with Mesa 7.4, but this latest code steps up
| the performance one bit more.

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