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Mesa has now hit full OpenGL 4.4 support for AMD radeonsi and Intel

By Liam Dawe,
As of today Mesa now has full OpenGL 4.4 support (with 4.5 already done) for both AMD radeonsi and Intel (i965/gen8+). Mesa won't actually expose any higher than OpenGL 4.3 until Mesa (well, someone) pays up for the Conformance Tests.

Another performance improvement is on the way for AMD users on the radeonsi driver

By Liam Dawe,
The AMD developer Marek Olšák sent over a patch to Mesa for the AMD radeonsi driver that he found by luck, and it improves DiRT: Showdown on Ultra settings by 15%. It's likely of course that this can help other games too.

The open source Vulkan driver for AMD 'radv' has been merged into Mesa

By Liam Dawe,
Something I entirely missed when writing about Mesa and OpenGL, is that the open source Vulkan driver "radv" has been merged into Mesa.

AMD's radeonsi driver is really close to having full OpenGL 4.4 support, with OpenGL 4.5 already done

By Liam Dawe,
The open source OpenGL driver AMD radeonsi is now extremely close to having full OpenGL 4.4 support, and OpenGL 4.5 is now complete.

Wargame: European Escalation works once again for Nvidia users, two years after breaking

By Liam Dawe,
It seems Wargame: European Escalation was broken for nearly two years for Nvidia GPU users on Linux. The recent Nvidia 370.28 driver seems to have fixed it.

The open source Vulkan driver for AMD can now run Dota 2

By Liam Dawe,
A pretty good milestone has been achieved with the open source Vulkan driver for AMD that Dave Airlie has been working on with Bas Nieuwenhuizen. It can now run Dota 2.

A reason for poor performance on AMD plus Mesa has been found and a patch is in progress

By Liam Dawe,
Marek Olšák has recently sent word to the AMD mailing list that they have found a reason for some games performing poorly using Mesa. Another developer noted that a patch is already in progress.

Mesa patches greatly improve Bioshock Infinite performance for the RadeonSI AMD driver

By Liam Dawe,
For those of you using the RadeonSI driver for AMD graphics cards, you may be interested to know that a developer named Marek has sent in patches to significantly improve performance for Bioshock Infinite.

Dave Airlie has been working on an AMD Vulkan driver

By Liam Dawe,
Dave Airlie has been working on an open source AMD Vulkan driver and he's ready to show it off a little bit.

Looks like the open source Mesa driver has hit OpenGL 4.5 support with Intel

By Liam Dawe,
A pretty incredible milestone for open source graphics, as it appears that Mesa along with the Intel driver has hit OpenGL 4.5.

SC Controller, the open source driver and GUI for the Steam Controller is making lovely progress

By Liam Dawe,
SC Controller is really coming along nicely. Since I mentioned it on GOL it has been through a few new releases.

New set of GPU benchmarks and adventures in OpenGL 4.3

By Samsai,
Quite recently there have been quite a few advancements on the open source side of GPU drivers so I figured it would be the perfect time to talk about these changes and run some updated benchmarks.

Intel & Nvidia Fermi Mesa OpenGL driver has now finished up OpenGL 4.3 support

By Liam Dawe,
Oh wow, didn't expect this so soon. The Mesa driver for Intel graphics and Nvidia Fermi (GeForce 400, GeForce 500) on Linux have now reached OpenGL 4.3 compliance with "ARB_robust_buffer_access_behavior" now being done.

There is now an open source driver and GTK3 based UI for interacting with the Steam Controller

By Liam Dawe,
Open source rocks! A fellow named kozec has created a user mode driver (based on another) and a UI for interacting with the Steam Controller.

AMD GPU-PRO Beta Driver for Linux released with Vulkan support for Dota 2

By Liam Dawe,
AMD have released another Beta of their new AMD GPU-PRO. It brings in support for the new Vulkan API in Dota 2 which is expected to release this coming week.

Intel's Mesa OpenGL driver has now finished up OpenGL 4.2 support

By Liam Dawe,
Not long after gaining OpenGL 4.0 support, Intel's Mesa driver is now able to support OpenGL 4.2 and it's not far off 4.3.

The open source Mesa driver for Intel graphics finally reaches OpenGL 4

By Liam Dawe,
Intel's Mesa has been lagging behind for quite some time, but today it looks like the wait is over. The Mesa Intel driver finally has OpenGL 4 support.

Nvidia 364.19 stable driver released, featuring Vulkan, Wayland & Mir support

By Liam Dawe,
Not exactly too different from previous Nvidia 364.x drivers, but this now makes the Nvidia 364.19 driver throw off the beta label and is stable enough in their eyes.

There's an open source Standalone Steam Controller Driver

By Liam Dawe,
If you didn't know already, there's actually an open source Standalone Steam Controller Driver which could make it far more useful outside of Steam.

Nvidia releases 364.16 Vulkan driver, improved Optimus support, improved multi-threaded scaling

By Liam Dawe,
Nvidia are really pushing hard on their Vulkan driver, and it's great to see them push out updates so quickly. We now have the 364.16 Vulkan driver ready for download.
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