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Wow, Mesa 12 has officially been released and it's a huge release for them! Intel now supports Vulkan, their OpenGL is up to 4.3 and more.

Major new stuff
- Vulkan driver for Intel hardware from Ivy Bridge onward.
- OpenGL 4.3 for nvc0, radeonsi and i965 (Gen8+)
- OpenGL ES 3.1 on nvc0 and radeonsi
- GLVND support for GLX, OpenGL
- New gallium software driver - SWR.
- DRI3 enablement for VDPAU, OMX and VAAPI

Over 120 developers worked on this release, which is quite astonishing.

I am really pleased to see Mesa progress at a great pace now. Remember you can check the status of Mesa at the MesaMatrix website.

Looks like Mesa is one extension away from OpenGL 4.4 support, with OpenGL 4.5 already being finished. Won't be long now folks!

See the release announcement here.

Once they totally finish up the actual OpenGL support, it will be great to see if they can keep tuning the open source drivers towards high performance. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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opera 9 Jul, 2016
This is a really great release! Big thanks to all the devs involved! Much appreciated!
WienerWuerstel 9 Jul, 2016
Cheers to all the developers that made this happen. Can't wait for all the upcoming improvements/features.
jf33 9 Jul, 2016
Nope. Only one extension is left, namely GL_ARB_enhanced_layouts. But this is just true for Broadwell and Skylake hardware.
Liam Dawe 9 Jul, 2016
Quoting: jf33Nope. Only one extension is left, namely GL_ARB_enhanced_layouts. But this is just true for Broadwell and Skylake hardware.
You're right, I miss-read it :)
minj 9 Jul, 2016
QuoteVulkan driver for Intel hardware from Ivy Bridge onward.
<3
Hori 9 Jul, 2016
Quoting: minj
QuoteVulkan driver for Intel hardware from Ivy Bridge onward.
<3
<3 from me too. I have i7 Ivy and I plan on using this laptop for a few more years, tho I will probably have to drop gaming on it pretty soon :) It's very nice to hear that they're going to support my hardware
sub 9 Jul, 2016
Now that Mesa has almost caught up, I expect Khronos to come up with OpenGL 4.6 soon.
Major new features incoming that will take 2 years to be properly supported by Mesa. :D
STiAT 9 Jul, 2016
Quoting: subNow that Mesa has almost caught up, I expect Khronos to come up with OpenGL 4.6 soon.
Major new features incoming that will take 2 years to be properly supported by Mesa. :D

Doubt they get along well specifying 4.6 while Vulkan was just pushed out. Guess they still have a lot of work to do with Vulkan, even with the 1.0 spec out.

My bet is 4.6 will to some extend have spir-v support
Guraan 9 Jul, 2016
just have to ask; is this as usual just a few selected cards or is it for everyone?
nifker 9 Jul, 2016
any links on what GLVND is? I didnt found anything
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