Mesa 7.4 Release Candidate 1 Released
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 20 March 2009 at 08:12 PM EDT. 7 Comments
Mesa 7.3 was released back in January and was branched from the master Git tree so that it can be stabilized further and go on to form Mesa 7.4. Well, nearly three months later, Mesa 7.4 is getting close to being released. On this Friday evening, Brian Paul has announced the first release of Mesa 7.4.

Mesa 7.4 Release Candidate 1 contains additional bug-fixes on top of Mesa 7.3 along with a few new (though relatively small) items. Mesa 7.4 adds a MESA_GLX_FORCE_DIRECT environmental variable for Xlib/software driver and GLSL version 1.20 is now returned by the GL_SHADING_LANGUAGE_VERSION query. There are nine official bug-fixes in Mesa 7.4 RC1.

The Mesa 7.4 Release Candidate 1 announcement can be read on its SourceForge mailing list archive. The latest development release can be downloaded from the Mesa3D beta directory.

Meanwhile, the majority of the development efforts are now going into Mesa 7.5. Most notably what this brings is the pushing of Gallium3D into Mesa's mainline code-base. There are also new OpenGL extensions and other improvements. Mesa 7.5 can be expected later this year.

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