Mesa 7.7 RC2 and 7.6.2 RC3 just carries additional bug-fixes and stabilization work since the earlier release candidates. The release announcements with source download links for the packages can be found on Mesa3D-announce. Ian hopes to have both Mesa 7.7.0 and 7.6.2 out by the 21st of December. Mesa 7.7 will be bringing a horde of Gallium3D updates, new OpenGL extensions, and many other changes to this free software OpenGL / 3D stack.
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