On June 22nd Mesa 7.0 was released, featuring OpenGL 2.0 and 2.1 support.
As promised Mesa 7.0 was released. Besides a set of bugfixes the most notable new features are support for OpenGL 2.0 and OpenGL 2.1. This means that, finally after 3 yeas of waiting, the free X.Org graphics drivers can now support newer graphics technology. For more background information about OpenGL and Linux see this post.
Here is an overview about the status of the OpenGL implementation of the free X drivers:
|OpenGL support in X drivers|
|DRI drivers||varies with the driver|
|XMesa/GLX (on Xlib)||implements OpenGL 2.1|
|OSMesa (off-screen)||implements OpenGL 2.1|
|Windows/Win32||implements OpenGL 2.1|
|Glide (3dfx Voodoo1/2)||implements OpenGL 1.3|
|Wind River UGL||unsupported|
This release is quite important for me since I really would like to play Secret Mayro, but that requires OpenGL 1.4 at least to work properly. Also, the free drivers now finally reach the proprietary drivers in terms of OpenGL support since the proprietary Linux drivers from AMD and Nvidia feature OpenGL 2.0 support for quite some time.
The question is now only how fast the distributions will pick up this new release. Especially in case of Fedora I wonder if we will see Fedora 7 packages sometime soon, or if I have to wait for Fedora 8/recompile myself.