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Re: RFP: mesa for bullseye-backports

On Sun, 02 Oct 2022 at 17:38:12 -0700, Alex Relis wrote:
> I think it would be a good idea to bring a newer version of mesa to Debian
> Bullseye by bringing it to bullseye-backports. Here are some reasons why:
> 1. It reduces friction when running Debian Stable on newer hardware:
> bullseye-backports already has linux-image-amd64 and nvidia-driver; adding a
> newer mesa will just make using newer hardware that much more easier while
> still having a nice stable base.
> 2. It's for the gamers: because steam still calls the system installed
> version of mesa, having the option to install a newer version tends to make
> games run better/fewer issues.
> 3. It has been done in the past: mesa has been in stretch-backports and
> buster-backports, so maybe a maintainer with experience can have a look at
> it when they get the chance.
> Anyways, thanks for taking the time to read this and hope it one day gets
> implemented.

Cc'ing the mesa maintainers (full request quoted) in case none of them are
following the backports list.

Expanding on point 2 a bit, the version of DXVK that is included in
"Proton - experimental" requires an extension that is not in Debian 11's
Mesa, so it needs Mesa 22 or later (or the NVIDIA proprietary driver 510.47
or later, for people who use that). Reference:

I suspect that this new requirement will go into one of the "stable"
versions of Proton at some point, at which point Debian 11 users will be
unable to use the current version of Proton without Mesa backports.


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