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Tough one. By doubling the efforts they can get more nitty gritty with both sets of code and maybe somehow end up with .32 being better than it would have been otherwise which would lead to a better .33 and .34. Fedora 13 alpha is rediculously stable though and I've been using it daily driver for 3 days now. They really are getting too good at what they do. It's gotta pick a resting platform somewhere sometime but it's all moving too fast.
I think some good can come from sticking with .32 working that code over nice and good in external programs and then sucking that improved code into .34 and just leaving .33 as another testing workground.
1.8 is a hell of x-server. I don't see them having too much hassle with it. I've only had to downgrade 1 x-server out of the huge flurry of x-redo's the last 3 months and just by judging bugzilla nobodies having too much hassle with it. Every rebase seems as good or better than the last. You're gonna have to break things much worse than has happened to get a good scare going on this move.
Michael, please stop spreading this sort of misinformation.
Now there's a possibility we could see the same sort of back-porting occur with the X.Org Server. The Ubuntu X team has already brought some of the udev input changes over to their X.Org Server 1.7.x code-base due to the deprecation of the FreeDesktop.org HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) in Ubuntu 10.04.
False. Ubuntu's X server contains an early draft of the udev patch that is in now way in line with how upstream has finally decided to solve the problem of device configuration.
Timo Aaltonen has now published a patch to Ubuntu-X that brings most of the X Server 1.8 features back atop their 1.7 server.
False. xorg.conf.d support is only a small part of 1.8, a few hundred lines of code, really.
This includes support for the xorg.conf.d, the new input class attributes, proper udev support (the currently back-ported support isn't the same as upstream),
These are all pretty much the same thing.
and various other patches that address different bugs.
We'll see. The same about moving some buttons to the left which is stupid. There are many complains about this, but it seems Canonical doesn't care what their users want... It seems also many reports will die at launchpad rather then go upstream "thanks" to their backporting madness.
Debian stable is stable and old.
Debian bleeding edge is bleeding edge.
Something is missing in between and that is Ubuntu; mostly stable but also new features.
I guess we'll have to wait and see. But make no mistake; Ubuntu is because of its nature not about helping other projects evolve and grow and it is not about fixing bugs upstream for stability. Instead, Ubuntu is all about taking the 'now' and bringing it to the end-user by means of some (in this extreme amount of) ductape.
It is the experience, and thus the promotion, of Desktop Linux and that is what Ubuntu is contributing to the Linux ecosystem.
And now I'm going to get some sleep because it's too fscking late...