While Mesa 7.9
is just around the corner with a great number of new features and other improvements to this open-source graphics stack used by Linux and other operating systems, those being bound to releases that are proven stable will still be leaving with Mesa 7.8 until Mesa 7.9.1 or 7.9.2 is released later in the year. But for those stable users, there's also Mesa 7.8.3 that will soon be released.
As is tradition for Mesa point releases, Mesa 7.8.3 releases just contain back-ports of bug-fixes and other work, but not any of the new features like the GLSL2 compiler, new OpenGL extensions, driver enhancements, Gallium3D improvements, or other core changes living in master for Mesa 7.9.
The first release candidate for Mesa 7.8.3 is now available for download, as announced by Brian Paul
. The final release should be here in the coming weeks.