Last October there was the release of GRUB 1.97
. This milestone in the path towards GRUB 2.0 delivered support for password protection, RAID 4/6/10, a high resolution timer, Cygwin compatibility, EXT4 file-system support, and the capability to load new kernels such as those for FreeBSD and NetBSD. To end out this week there is now a new GRUB2 release and it's version 1.98.
GRUB 1.98 again introduces a whole set of new features. Highlights this time around include support for the Yeeloong MIPS laptop, official widget-based menu support, multi-boot on EFI, new grub-reboot and grub-mkpasswd-pbkdf2 and grub-set-default utilities, a unit testing framework, support for multiple terminals, encrypted password support, grub-probe support for GNU/Hurd, and support for gettext.
The release announcement with more details on GRUB 1.98 can be found on the GNU.org mailing list