The Qt Project is proud to announce the final release of Qt 5. It is the latest version of the Qt C++ UI framework and the foundation for a new way of developing applications, where Qt Quick is in the center of Qt. Qt 5 continues to offer all of the power of native Qt C++ enabling highly sophisticated user experiences, offering applications the full capabilities of OpenGL/OpenGL ES graphics acceleration. Planning has already started for an even greater role of OpenGL in Qt 5.1.
Intel shared plans early on that they want OpenGL ES 3.0 for Mesa by early 2013 with the next Mesa release. OpenGL ES 3.0 has a lot of new features over the aging OpenGL ES 2.0 specification, which makes it a really worthwhile upgrade. As part of this, Intel has been working on ETC2 texture compression and other functionality for this open-source Linux graphics driver. Ian Romanick of Intel has now shared on the Mesa mailing list that in the coming days he will begin to post the GLES3 patches for review and then merge them into mainline Mesa.
The Linux OpenGL stack along with the upstream OpenGL specification has been evolving at a fast pace in recent years. There was recently some discussion within the Khronos camp for updating the guide for how to implement OpenGL support on Linux and it's been decided it will be talked about next week at XDC2012. To get the ball rolling for planning out a new Linux OpenGL ABI, NVIDIA has published a proposal. Read the rest of this story on Phoronix.
Carlos Sánchez de La Lama announced Portable OpenCL on the LLVM development list. The Portable OpenCL project is self-described as "an open source implementation of the OpenCL standard which can be easily adapted for new targets. One of the goals of the project is improving performance portability of OpenCL programs, avoiding the need for target-dependent manual optimizations. A "native" target is included, which allows running OpenCL kernels on the host (CPU)." The source code is available online.
Phoronix is reporting lots of activity at UDS Budapest for OpenGL ES support. With talk of OpenGL ES support in QEMU, OpenGL ES 2.0 support is also coming to the Compiz and KWin compositing window managers. An OpenGL ES 2.0 back-end for Cairo was also brought up separately. Get all the details here and even more details here.
Two years ago Zack Rusin branched Mesa and called it Clover. Intended to provide OpenCL over Mesa, the work has been stalled for many months. A renewed interest in progressing work on Clover is now underway.
Phoronix Test Suite Beta 3 adds another handful of Open Computing Language tests for Linux and Mac OS X. Eventually Windows will also be supported. The new test profiles include JuliaGPU, MandelGPU, SmallPT-GPU, and MandelbulbGPU as well an OpenCL test suite has also been added.
VMWare recently released new Gallium3D drivers usable by guest operating systems running within VMware's virtualization platform. The drivers will allow virtualized guests to have accelerated access to X11, OpenGL, OpenCL, X-Video, XvMC, and all sorts of other possibilities, limited only by what's supported by the available state trackers.
SunMicroSystems just released VirtualBox 3.0 Beta 1. New in this version is support for OpenGL ES 2.0 with Windows, Linux and Solaris virtual guests. The host OS must have OpenGL 2 capable hardware and drivers installed for this to work.
Tungsten Graphics, owned by VMWare, has made available a few software updates recently. With Gallium3D an OpenVG state tracker, two OpenGL ES state trackers helping accelerate OpenGL ES 1.x and 2.0 API's have been released.