Mesa 10.3 release candidate 1 is now available for testing. The current
plan is to have an additional release candidate each Friday until the
eventual 10.3 release, (Ian can follow up to state what the planned date
is for that).
The tag in the git repository for Mesa 10.3-rc1 is 'mesa-10.3-rc1'.
I have also pushed a tag '10.3-branchpoint' to mark the point where
master and 10.3 diverge. This should make git-describe a bit more
As a reminder, with the 10.3 branch now created, patches nominated with:
will now be candidates only for the new 10.3 branch. To nominate patches
for the older 10.2 branch as well, please use:
CC: "10.2 10.3"
The expectation is that the 10.2 branch will remain alive with bi-weekly
releases until after 10.3.1 release.
Mesa 10.3 release candidate 1 is available for download from
Canonical Joined The Khronos Group To Help Mir/Wayland Drivers
Canonical's specific involvement with the Khronos Group isn't listed and we haven't seen Canonical names closely associated with any major specs out of the different working groups to date. However, Oliver Ries, the Head of Engineering Product Strategy at Canonical, wrote into Phoronix that they joined the group for pushing their display server agenda with trying to work towards an underlying driver standard for Mir/Wayland. Oli noted in his email, "Canonical has joined Khronos in order to help establish the necessary driver standard that is required for Mir (and Wayland) to succeed. We have specifically contributed to the current standard proposal/draft."
Local Motors: Cars Should be Open Source Hardware
There are several open source initiatives already underway to enable open source software in cars, including the Linux Foundation's Automotive Grade Linux group. But so far those projects have been mostly focused on the in-vehicle infotainment centers, which provide the user interface for the car and its entertainment system but not to the car's internal systems. That's not enough to fully transform the industry, Rogers said.
“You need to know how to hack the hardware in the car, because that's what defines how you can drive it and how you can run it.”
Intel Sandy Bridge Gets A Surprise Boost From Linux 3.17
Besides the recent work to support OpenGL Geometry Shaders for Sandy Bridge in Mesa, users of Intel "Sandy Bridge" HD Graphics can also be thankful for the forthcoming Linux 3.17 kernel. Early testing of Linux 3.17 has revealed that for at least some Intel Sandy Bridge hardware are OpenGL performance improvements with the newer kernel code.