There's Talk Of Doing The Next Mesa Release, Albeit Belated
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 29 September 2016 at 07:40 AM EDT. 2 Comments
MESA --
AMD developer Marek Olšák initiated the discussion about calling for the next Mesa release to succeed version 12.0. Regardless, it's looking like it will be another release off their three-month cadence.

Marek pointed out that it's been four months since Mesa 12.0 was branched and three months since 12.0 was actually released. He's asking why a stable branch hasn't been created yet and that ideally they should have got this release out 1~2 months before the fall distribution updates, per this mailing list thread.

The only response so far was from Ubuntu developer Timo Aaltonen confirming that Ubuntu 16.10 will indeed ship with Mesa 12.0.3 due to this next release not being ready.

Even if developers do agree to put this next Mesa release on priority, it will probably be at least another month before it is actually released. Generally the branching will not come without any notice so probably 1~2 weeks notice before branching and then a few weeks of release candidates, per their usual release tradition, is already putting this next Mesa version as likely becoming official around late October or early November.

This next Mesa version is currently Mesa 12.1-dev while it could become Mesa 13.0 if they achieve OpenGL 4.5 conformance (Intel's extensions are there, but it's not officially advertised yet due to focusing on passing conformance) and decide to make that large version leap.
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