Mesa 10.6.0 Officially Released While Still Lacking OpenGL 4.0+ Compliance

Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 15 June 2015 at 09:30 AM EDT. 28 Comments
While it's coming a bit behind schedule, Mesa 10.6 has been released today as the newest version of the user-space, open-source graphics drivers for Linux and other platforms. Officially only OpenGL 3.3 support is there, but many OpenGL 4.x extensions were implemented over the past three months.

If you're not already well aware of the Mesa 10.6 changes, you should read more Phoronix as we've been talking about this new Mesa version in dozens of articles and in many performance tests. For a quick overview, read Features Added To Mesa 10.6 For Open-Source GPU Drivers.

Mesa's release manager, Emil Velikov, covered some of the newly-supported OpenGL extensions within the mailing list announcement.

The hope moving forward amongst users and developers is that OpenGL 4.0~4.2 and OpenGL ES 3.1 support will be achieved in the next few months so that by the time September rolls around the Mesa 10.7 release will be renamed to Mesa 11.0. Stay tuned to Phoronix for coverage of Mesa's Git development highlights.
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