Starting with the first release of 2017, Mesa's version scheme is year-based. Filenames are in the form mesa-Y.N.P.tar.gz, where Y is the year (two digits), N is an incremental number (starting at 0) and P is the patch number (0 for the first release, 1 for the first patch after that).
When a new release is coming, release candidates (betas) may be found in the same directory, and are recognisable by the mesa-Y.N.P-rcX.tar.gz filename.
Mesa releases are available in two formats: .tar.xz and .tar.gz.
To unpack the tarball:
tar xf mesa-Y.N.P.tar.xzor
tar xf mesa-Y.N.P.tar.gz
After unpacking you'll have these files and directories (among others):
autogen.sh - Autoconf script for *nix systems scons/ - SCons script for Windows builds include/ - GL header (include) files bin/ - shell scripts for making shared libraries, etc docs/ - documentation src/ - source code for libraries src/mesa - sources for the main Mesa library and device drivers src/gallium - sources for Gallium and Gallium drivers src/glx - sources for building libGL with full GLX and DRI support
Proceed to the compilation and installation instructions.
Demos, GLUT, and GLU
A package of SGI's GLU library is available here
A package of Mark Kilgard's GLUT library is available here
The Mesa demos collection is available here
In the past, GLUT, GLU and the Mesa demos were released in conjunction with Mesa releases. But since GLUT, GLU and the demos change infrequently, they were split off into their own git repositories: GLUT, GLU and Demos,