1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

X.Org 7.7 Release Candidate 1 Finally Emerges

X.Org

Published on 16 April 2012 11:16 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org
Comment On This Article

The X.Org 7.7 katamari is finally coming about following the recent launch of the X.Org Server 1.12.1 point release. X11R7.7 Release Candidate 1 was made available on Sunday night.

The X.Org 7.6 katamari (basically all of the independent X.Org drivers/libraries/modules and xorg-server tagged all together in one bundle) was in December of 2010. There were plans to do the X.Org 7.7 katamari in March with the X.Org Server 1.12 release in March, but now it's coming about one month later following the xorg-server 1.12.1 maintenance release.

Alan Coopersmith announced X11R7.7 Release Candidate 1 on the mailing list. "At this point, only some final bug fixes, documentation updates, and janitorial cleanups are expected between now and the final release of X11R7.7, including final releases of several modules for which release candidates are included in this set (including libX11 1.5.0 and xorg-docs 1.7.0)."

With X.Org being modularized and the various drivers generally being released at will on their own time-frame, major X.Org Server releases now making it out on time every six months (and point releases every few weeks), and lots of focus turning to Wayland, the X.Org "Katamari" releases have less priority and use than they did in the past.

There really isn't anything "new" about X.Org 7.7 but it's just pointing to all of the updated official X.Org modules since the 7.6 katamari in 2010. Many packages have been updated multiple times since the last katamari, while other packages like xf86-video-openchrome are stale.

This is also only official X.Org modules part of the katamari, so for example, xf86-video-nv is still part of the 7.7 package collection with xf86-video-nouveau having yet to do an official driver release. Additionally, for the key graphics drivers, the latest upstream versions generally only work on Linux "out of the box" due to Solaris and BSD lagging behind in KMS/DRI2/GEM/TTM support.

Among the many X.Org 7.7 packages are xf86-video-intel 2.18.0, xf86-video-ati 6.14.4, xorg-server 1.12.1, libXrandr 1.3.2, and libXi 1.6.0.

In more exciting X news, there's just about five months to go until the annual X developer summit taking place in Franconia.

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 .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance
  2. CompuLab Intense-PC2: An Excellent, Fanless, Mini PC Powered By Intel's i7 Haswell
  3. From The Atom 330 To Haswell ULT: Intel Linux Performance Benchmarks
  4. AMD Radeon R9 285 Tonga Performance On Linux
Latest Linux Articles
  1. AMD Moves Forward With Unified Linux Driver Strategy, New Kernel Driver
  2. MSI: Update Your BIOS From The Linux Desktop
  3. NVIDIA vs. AMD 2D Linux Drivers: Catalyst Is Getting Quite Good At 2D
  4. 15-Way GPU Comparison With Mesa 10.3 + Linux 3.17
Latest Linux News
  1. Automatic Feedback Directed Optimizer Merged Into GCC
  2. Debian Now Defaults To Xfce On Non-x86 Desktops
  3. Phoenix Is Trying To Be An Open Version Of Apple's Swift
  4. Linux 3.19 To Have Skylake Graphics, PPGTT Enablement
  5. Ubuntu 16.04 Might Be The Distribution's Last 32-Bit Release
  6. Imagination Releases Full ISA Documentation For PowerVR Rogue GPUs
  7. Features GNOME Developers Want In The Linux Kernel
  8. GTK+ Gains Experimental Overlay Scrollbars
  9. Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 M3 Is Another Hearty Update
  10. GParted 0.20 Improves Btrfs Support
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux
  2. Proof that strlcpy is un-needed
  3. xbox one tv tuner
  4. HOPE: The Ease Of Python With The Speed Of C++
  5. Bye bye BSD, Hello Linux: A Sys Admin's Story
  6. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  7. NVIDIA Presents Its Driver Plans To Support Mir/Wayland & KMS On Linux
  8. AMD Is Restructuring Again, Losing 7% Of Employees