Mesa 18.0 has been officially released today after a bit of a wait, further advancing Linux graphics drivers.
A bit of Croteam news to start the day with and there's multiple interesting items to go over in regards to their games.
OpenGL is still very much alive and kicking, with the release today of OpenGL 4.6 to further improve the API.
Landing in the public Mesa-git mailing list within the last few minutes, more games have been added to the whitelist to make use of threaded OpenGL for better performance.
A Mesa developer wrote into the public Mesa-dev mailing list to ask for testers of OpenGL multithreading in Mesa so that they can grow the whitelist of games that will use it.
The Mesa OpenGL threaded dispatch code seems to now use a whitelist, improving some games performance
It seems the OpenGL threaded dispatch code to speed up some games in Mesa now uses a whitelist, with a few games now able to make use of it.
The Witcher 2 & Rocket League now have some fixes available in Mesa-git ready for Mesa 17.2 that should give you a better experience.
A large patchset from Mesa developer Samuel Pitoiset landed in Mesa-git early today to hook up Bindless Texture support for AMD radeonsi.
Mesa has a big patch set in the Mesa-dev list to improve Dawn of War III performance, also Mesa 17.1.2 released
With the big Dawn of War III release getting closer, one Mesa developer has put some serious effort into getting Mesa ready to game on.
RadeonSI has a large patch set in Mesa-dev for ARB_bindless_texture, allows Dawn of War III to work on Mesa
Mesa developer Samuel Pitoiset sent in a set of 65 patches to the Mesa-dev list to enable ARB_bindless_texture for RadeonSI (AMD), this will allow Dawn of War III to work on Mesa.
Dying Light and Dead Island Definitive Edition were previously broken on Mesa, but as of today a patch has landed in Mesa-git to fix them both ready for Mesa 17.2.
Serious Sam Fusion 2017 has been updated to include some benchmark modes along with some other useful changes. I've done some quick tests.
There's some activity on the Mesa-dev mailing list with patches that will enable both Dying Light & Dead Island Definitive Edition (and it seems Dead Island Riptide Definite Edition too) to work on Mesa.
Mesa 17.0.6 is the latest bug-fix release for the 17.0 series, but it also comes with AMD Polaris 12 support for the 'radv' Vulkan driver that has been back-ported.
The latest release of the open-source graphics drivers has now been made available following the final release candidate. There's plenty of new things to love in this release.
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