229w ago - The new Mesa 7.5 has been released recently.
The interesting thing about it is that it is first release to contain Gallium3D architecture for "OS-independent and API-independent 3D drivers" which in turn contains drivers for various devices such as:
• softpipe - a software/reference driver
• i915 - Intel 915/945 driver
• Cell - IBM/Sony/Toshiba Cell processor driver • nouveau (for NVIDIA GPUs) and R300 for (AMD/ATI R300)
This in fact will bring accelerated 3D graphics to PS3 where the graphics processing won't be done by RSX but by employing SPUs. This would vastly enhance usability of Linux running on PS3 by providing one of the things it's lacking now...
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Not very likely. Maybe some ps1 level games but the cell is not going to do CPU work AND GPU work to the point where it would you could play a ps2 emulator with any satisfactory smoothness. Unless i am not comprehending the awesomeness of the cell in the ps3 well
Why isnt there 3d access to the rsx in linux? whats the security benefit?
This will provide 3D accelerated graphics - for example OpenGL. That in turn can be used to program various emulators that require 3D capabilities. I wouldn't call it "software rendered" - SPUs are powerful vector units very similar to GPUs but much more flexible. Recently GPU vendors are going in a direction of more flexibility (i.e. CUDA) allowing to use GPU for other tasks than just graphics.
Thanx a lot - nice picture you created for it. I was waiting for this news for almost a year since I have heard of Gallium and planned Cell driver. Hopefully this will provide some basis for great stuff - for example unavailability of 3D accelerated graphics meant that there can be usable emulator requiring such functionality (for example PS2).