The oVirt project has released the first version of its software for implementing and managing virtualised environments. Among the components in this first release since the project was open sourced is the oVirt Engine,
the central interface of the management part of oVirt which runs on a JBoss application server. It has an "Admin Portal" web interface for implementing, configuring and managing hosts and guests, a REST API for custom scripts and programs, and a "User Portal" for logging into guest systems.
Lima is an open source driver for ARM's own Mali-200 and Mali-400 graphics chips as used in various systems-on-a-chip (SoC) containing Cortex-A8 and Cortex-A9 ARM processors. SoCs of this type are found in a number of recent Android tablets and smartphones. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone has a Mali-400 present in its Exynos SoC.
The developers of the driver are planning to add support for the latest Mali-T604 and Mali-T658 GPUs for Cortex-A15 SoCs as soon as devices containing these chips become available. The code is available from the project's gitorious site; a guide to acquiring hardware suitable for developing the Lima driver on is also available.
Lima's development is sponsored by Codethink, a UK-based mobile and embedded device specialist.
Mesa 3D 8.0 Supports OpenGL 3.0 and GLSL 1.30
The Mesa project has released version 8.0 of Mesa 3D – the first version of the OpenGL implementation and 3D driver collection to support OpenGL 3.0 and version 1.30 of GLSL (OpenGL Shading Language). As usual, the
features supported are dependent on the hardware and drivers used: the i965 driver for recent Intel graphics cores should already include everything required for OpenGL 3.0 and GLSL 1.30. According to a presentationPDF given by a group of Nouveau developers at FOSDEM, Mesa 3D driver NVC0 also supports both technologies. NVC0 operates as a driver for many Fermi generation graphics cores, which are primarily used in GeForce 400 and 500 series models.