Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Important update about Gallium3D

Krzysztof "Deadwood" Smiechowicz's port of Gallium 3D is progressing quite well, at least according to this new video:

What he has done so far is simply amazing. This new video shows GLExcess running on a GeForce 5200 with hardware acceleration. I used that demo-benchmark long ago to test video cards for the magazines I work on and, honestly, I didn't believe I could see it on AROS some day. This doesn't mean, unluckily, that 3D graphics are now available on AROS (the Gallium and Mesa drivers are compiled statically in every demo application, which would crash the system if two of them are started), but a working demo of the technology is ready. Next step will be placing the Gallium3D stuff in a standalone driver and updating MESA to use it. Once done, lucky owners of supported cards will be able to play every MESA app with hardware acceleration. In the meanwhile, please consider funding the Gallium3D port effort with this bounty.