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Mesa 19.3 released with huge updates for Linux open source graphics drivers

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Arriving in time before the holiday season, Mesa 19.3 has now been officially released giving all open source Linux graphics drivers some big boosts and new features.

What is Mesa? Is it a tasty biscuit? Do I have Mesa? If you have an AMD or Intel GPU then yes, you will be using Mesa (unless you changed it, 99% of distributions come with Mesa out of the box) and it's what powers your GPU enabling it to talk to OpenGL and Vulkan.

Don't be too hasty to upgrade right away though, with brand new releases there's always a few gremlins hiding ready to crash your games. The Mesa team always suggest waiting for the first point release 19.3.1 if you're concerned with stability and reliability.

If you're looking for a user-friendly list of what's new, the official 19.3 release notes are not the droids you're looking for. Thankfully, Phoronix has their usual feature overview. In this release you can expect support for the new ACO shader compiler which Valve funded, OpenGL 4.6 support for Intel GPUs, many more Vulkan extensions support added, support for newer AMD and Intel GPUs, bug fixes, performance improvements and so on.

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Shmerl 13 December 2019 at 4:41 pm UTC
Great release. ACO now has tessellation and geometry shaders to pick up, and radv will become even faster.
BielFPs 13 December 2019 at 4:50 pm UTC
@x_wing @NeoTheFox @Lolo01 Thank you all for the feedback
The_Aquabat 13 December 2019 at 5:50 pm UTC
anyone with a PPA that has it already?? oibaf it's on 20.0-dev and sometimes padoka just takes too long.
tuubi 13 December 2019 at 5:53 pm UTC
The_Aquabatanyone with a PPA that has it already?? oibaf it's on 20.0-dev and sometimes padoka just takes too long.
This is a good one.
Shmerl 13 December 2019 at 6:31 pm UTC
Good to see AMD usage reaching more than one third on GOL and gradually growing. A big driver is advancement of Mesa:

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Also, the pace seems to have slightly accelerated after Navi release in July 2019.


Last edited by Shmerl on 13 December 2019 at 7:38 pm UTC
The_Aquabat 13 December 2019 at 7:12 pm UTC
tuubi
The_Aquabatanyone with a PPA that has it already?? oibaf it's on 20.0-dev and sometimes padoka just takes too long.
This is a good one.

thanks, in my testing ACO from 19.3 it's just 1 or 2 fps behind of valve master aco, but I prefer using this because valve's repos it's sometimes bugged over the OpenGL driver.
KuJo 15 December 2019 at 9:35 am UTC
The_Aquabatanyone with a PPA that has it already?? oibaf it's on 20.0-dev and sometimes padoka just takes too long.

Take the one kisak provides:
-> https://launchpad.net/~kisak/+archive/ubuntu/kisak-mesa
tuubi 15 December 2019 at 12:49 pm UTC
KuJo
The_Aquabatanyone with a PPA that has it already?? oibaf it's on 20.0-dev and sometimes padoka just takes too long.

Take the one kisak provides:
-> https://launchpad.net/~kisak/+archive/ubuntu/kisak-mesa
That's the one I linked.
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