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Mesa 23.0 out now improving open source graphics drivers

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Mesa 23.0.0 has been released today upgrading open source graphics drivers for Linux. As usual you should wait for the first point release for stability.

Some of the newly supported features include these as per the release notes:

  • VK_EXT_descriptor_buffer on RADV, Turnip
  • VK_AMD_shader_early_and_late_fragment_tests on RADV
  • VK_AMD_shader_explicit_vertex_parameter on RADV/RDNA3
  • VK_EXT_swapchain_colorspace on RADV, ANV, Turnip
  • Enabled VK_EXT_mesh_shader by default on RADV/RDNA2
  • Implemented more VK_EXT_dynamic_state3 features on RADV, Turnip
  • Various raytracing, graphics pipeline library and RDNA3 improvements on RADV
  • Radeon Memory Visualizer support with RADV.
  • VK_KHR_shader_integer_dot_product on V3DV
  • VK_KHR_present_wait on ANV, RADV, Turnip
  • VK_KHR_push_descriptor on Venus
  • VK_KHR_pci_bus_info on Venus
  • GL_ARB_clip_control on panfrost
  • GL_ARB_texture_filter_anisotropic on panfrost, asahi
  • GL_ARB_occulsion_query2 on asahi
  • GL_ARB_shader_stencil_export on asahi
  • GL_ARB_draw_instanced on asahi
  • GL_ARB_instanced_ararys on asahi
  • GL_ARB_seamless_cube_map on asahi
  • GL_NV_conditional_render on asahi
  • GL_ARB_texture_mirror_clamp_to_edge on asahi

The next major update with 23.1 is due in May 2023.

How to get it? That all depends on your distribution. SteamOS on Steam Deck pulls in newer Mesa with major updates, but normal Desktop Distributions will depend on their regular update schedules.

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jarhead_h Feb 24, 2023
How to get it? Just switched to Debian 11 with SID repo... so maybe next year?
Shmerl Feb 24, 2023
I think Debian experimental would have it before unstable and testing.

It was getting RCs before: https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/mesa

Avoid rc4 though if you are on RDNA3. You need rc5 or release becasue of important bug fixes. They are also included in 22.3.5.


Last edited by Shmerl on 24 February 2023 at 6:31 am UTC
michaldybczak Feb 25, 2023
Quoting: JarmerThe current stable release of Mesa as listed on their site (https://mesa3d.org/) is 22.3.6 which is in unstable branch on Manjaro ... so it needs to get into testing, then stable. THEN Mesa 23 can enter into unstable and start testing.

I'm moreso waiting on plasma 5.27!

The nice thing about Manjaro is that you can easily switch the branches (one command). Most of the time I'm on testing branch, but when I can't wait, I check out the unstable. That is why I already have Plasma 5.27.1. Of course, backup before every update is a must, just to be on the safe side.

sudo pacman-mirrors --api --set-branch unstable

and if you want to revert to for example testing branch:

sudo pacman-mirrors --api --set-branch testing

And of course "sudo pacman -Syyu" after the switch.
Jarmer Feb 25, 2023
Yes, the simplicity of that switch is REALLY nice. I'm with @HxE though, I honestly don't mind a slowly rolling release. I'll look forward to it when it comes. Won't be long.
whizse Feb 25, 2023
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Quoting: jarhead_hHow to get it? Just switched to Debian 11 with SID repo... so maybe next year?
Point releases usually go into sid within a couple of days. Major release, like this one, often spend a couple of weeks in experimental.

At least, that's been my experience in the past.
jarhead_h Feb 26, 2023
Quoting: whizse
Quoting: jarhead_hHow to get it? Just switched to Debian 11 with SID repo... so maybe next year?
Point releases usually go into sid within a couple of days. Major release, like this one, often spend a couple of weeks in experimental.

At least, that's been my experience in the past.

It's a bit of fun. Was just ribbing Debian a little bit.
InhaleOblivion Feb 28, 2023
Looking forward to whenever this reaches Pop!_OS.
Vasya Sovari Mar 5, 2023
Quoting: Shmerl
Quoting: undeadbydawnBeen using mesa-git on CachyOS since the XTX launched and had nothing but good times. Seriously amazed how stable and performant it's been

What llvm are you using with it?

llvm 15.0.7-5
Moved to CachyOS on buying the XTX as they had an llvm15 ISO ready on launch. It's worked perfectly. Probably the single best distro we've ever used
sudoer Mar 17, 2023
Quoting: KuduzkehpanLong Live Rolling Distro,
Praise Be Manjaro!

Long live and praise be Arch you mean, otherwise there wouldn't be Manjaro...


Last edited by sudoer on 17 March 2023 at 9:12 am UTC
sudoer Mar 17, 2023
Quoting: ShmerlI think Debian experimental would have it before unstable and testing.

Debian experimental is the place to dump stuff (and sometimes just leave them there) that can brake things even in unstable, it doesn't say anything for the user and it shouldn't ever be used.


Last edited by sudoer on 17 March 2023 at 9:30 am UTC
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