The Mesa 3D graphics library on Linux has been moving along at a brisk pace lately with a frequent stream of new releases as many features arrive like new Gallium3D state trackers, maturing of new hardware support (particularly with the ATI Radeon graphics), and new OpenGL extension support. Mesa 7.6
was released in September, but now Intel's lead OpenGL contributor, Ian Romanick, has proposed a release schedule for Mesa 7.7.
According to Ian's proposal, Mesa 7.7 would be released just in time for Christmas, on the 21st of December. The first release candidate would come at the end of November (on the 30th) followed by two more RCs before the middle of December. At the same time as the Mesa 7.7.0 release would also be the release of Mesa 7.6.1, which would provide stabilization and bug-fixes atop the 7.6 branch.
This Mesa 7.7 release schedule proposal can be found on the Mesa3D development list
. Mesa 7.7 should be carrying improved support for ATI R600/700 3D support (hopefully by default), more Gallium3D work, and various other improvements to the hardware drivers.