If an AMD driver is bundled with the Kernel, what then is the mesa? I am a bit confused because everyone says the mesa is the graphics driver but it doesn’t make any sense to me. I am pretty new to Linux here. Only been using it for about 3 months.
Well, the reason you see people saying this is because mesa IS the graphics driver.
The graphics driver has two components to it - the first being the code which is within the kernel and processes the GPU and the second is the code that essentially runs and translates the API.
Yeah as mentioned, the mesa functions as the code processing within the kernel as well as running the API. I think the reason people get confused is that people use certain terms interchangeably.