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After nearly three months since the development release of Mesa 6.5.1, another development release is now out. Mesa 6.5.2 was released last Saturday and brings several exciting changes. It mostly consists of bug-fixes but this development version of Mesa does bring a new DRI memory manager system, new Intel i965 DRI driver, fixes for many of the drivers, and support for OpenGL 2.0/2.1 is nearly complete! The new Mesa DRI memory manager system brings the following features: EXT_framebuffer_objects, render to texture, ARB_pixel_buffer_objects, Accelerated CopyTexSubimage, DrawPixels, ReadPixels, CopyPixels, Accelerated texture uploads from pixel buffer objects, and Potentially texturing directly from the pixel buffer object. This is a very exciting development release for Mesa 3D, and the release notes are available here.