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Last Friday Mesa 7.0 had entered the world. While a number of bugs have been corrected since Mesa 6.5.3, what is most interesting with this release is the support for the OpenGL 2.0 / 2.1 API. We've been waiting on this support so that the open-source drivers can take advantage of it and it's now finally available. Some of the bug fixes in Mesa 7.0 include fixing broken functions, adding some missing functions, correcting values, and other fixes. Mesa 7.0 also has some ATI Radeon R300 code clean-ups. The Mesa 7.0 release notes are available here.