[Mesa-dev] Mesa llvmpipe for WebGL software rendering

Michel Dänzer michel at daenzer.net
Tue Feb 28 23:32:09 PST 2012

On Die, 2012-02-28 at 09:08 -0800, Benoit Jacob wrote: 
> At Mozilla we've been wondering if we could get a good software
> fallback for users who can't get hardware-accelerated WebGL. Mesa
> llvmpipe seems like the best open source OpenGL renderer, right? At
> least, it performed superbly in our quick tests.


> 3. On GNU/Linux: why isn't Mesa llvmpipe installed by default by most
> distros? Is there a real reason or is it just that nobody asked for
> it, or nobody saw a need for it? Trying to figure if llvmpipe
> installed by default everywhere (on Linux) is something we can
> realistically hope for.

One thing to keep in mind for this is that llvmpipe currently doesn't
work on PowerPC architectures. I don't know the status for other non-x86
architectures. So 'llvmpipe installed by default everywhere' isn't
realistic right now, but 'llvmpipe installed by default wherever
possible' is.

Earthling Michel Dänzer           |                   http://www.amd.com
Libre software enthusiast         |          Debian, X and DRI developer

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