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Plans For X.Org, Wayland At FOSDEM 2012 Are Drawn

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Published on 22 January 2012 12:40 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Besides formally announcing an open-source, reverse-engineered ARM graphics driver, there's lots of pother interesting X.Org / Wayland related talks happening in two weeks at FOSDEM 2012 in Brussels, Belgium.

The X.Org development room talks for 2012 include:

- Eric Anholt talking about Intel user-space work.

- Daniel Stone and Peter Hutterer going over their work on X Input 2.2 / Multi-Touch, etc.

- Chris Wilson talking about the Cairo rendering library.

- Daniel Vetter going over DMA-BUF for buffer sharing. (This new kernel feature is useful for ARM SoCs, down the road for CrossFire / SLI, multiple graphics card / driver scenarios, etc.)

- Martin Peres talking about the state of the Nouveau graphics stack for reverse-engineering NVIDIA hardware.

- Luc Verhaegen talking about the Mali reverse engineering and his new driver sponsored by Codethink.

- Keith Packard going over X.Org Server 1.12 and future releases.

- Francisco Jerez talking about compute (OpenCL) support for the open-source graphics drivers.

- Robert Bragg and Neil Roberts talking about writing a Wayland compositor.

- Jesse Barnes going over the DRM plane support for Wayland.

- Alon Levy talking about Xspice and integrating the SPICE server into X.Org.

- Robert Bradford and Kristian Hogsberg doing a Wayland Q&A for tool-kit developers.

- Kristian Hogsberg will also be delivering a keynote at FOSDEM 2012 concerning Wayland.

It should be a great weekend! FOSDEM is happening in Brussels on the 4th and 5th of February. With lots of interesting X.Org/Wayland/graphics talks going on there (in FOSDEM 2011, "X@FOSDEM" didn't happen like it did in 2010, 2009, etc) and lots of good beer to be consumed, I'll be back covering it on Phoronix. There will hopefully be good quality audio/video recordings again like in previous years, plus the interesting notes on Phoronix. On Twitter will also be more thoughts shared.

Learn more about this great open-source event (it's one of my favorite in the world) at FOSDEM.org. Besides X.Org/Wayland/Linux-graphs, there's also lots of other interesting talks from Linux gaming to the desktop environments and gatherings of various Linux distributions.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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