In related discussion, it looks like Mesa 8.0 will be branched within the next few days. This major Mesa release was going to be branched today, but it looks like it may be extended until next Wednesday to allow some more work to land before going into stable-bug-fixing mode.
A distribution vendor has been demanding that Mesa 7.12/8.0 be branched ASAP... «the VMware guys *really* want us to make the 8.0 branch today to align with another distro's schedule.» and «I talked to said distro and they don't mind doing the branch mid week» etc... They don't mention the distribution by name, but after mentioning the distribution's feature freeze date is 16 February, that means it's Canonical worrying about Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
Ian Romanick says, «Okay. Eric also talked to them. He was told they wanted a branch soon so that they could start pulling it for their RC builds. Their drop-dead code freeze is February 16th. It seems that branching today or Wednesday and releasing on, say, February 2nd should meet their needs and give us time to fix bugs, etc.»