Work On Mesa 7.7 Is Underway
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 8 September 2009 at 07:02 PM EDT. Add A Comment
Mesa 7.6 was branched last week, which is the version of Mesa that brings an Assembly shader rewrite, Radeon driver VBO/OQ support, Gallium3D networking support, new state trackers for Gallium3D (such as OpenGL ES and OpenVG), along with many bug fixes and other features.

Anyhow, work on Mesa 7.7 has already started. A number of commits have poured into Mesa's Git "master" code-base. Among this work are commits affecting LLVMpipe, the Intel i915 Gallium3D driver, the Radeon Gallium3D driver, and the general Mesa stack. The Intel hardware driver and software rasterizer has picked up support for the GL_ARB_draw_elements_base_vertex, GL_ARB_depth_clamp, and GL_NV_depth_clamp. The two prior OpenGL extensions are part of the OpenGL 3 specification, which Mesa has slowly been adopting.

Look for many more changes to come before Mesa 7.7 is released in a few months. Mesa 7.6 meanwhile still has to make it out the door too.
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