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The X.Org Plans For Ubuntu 12.10

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Published on 09 May 2012 12:48 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu
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Here's the X.Org plans for Ubuntu 12.10.

- When it comes to the kernel side, as mentioned already, for Ubuntu 12.10 they are looking at shipping with the Linux 3.5 kernel or possibly Linux 3.6 depending upon the features and schedule.

- They're undecided whether to ship X.Org Server 1.12 or 1.13 in Ubuntu 12.10. X.Org Server 1.13 should be out in early September and will feature more input improvements, GLX_ARB_create_context support, and various other enhancements. Shipping xorg-server 1.13 comes down to there being NVIDIA/AMD binary blob support in time, whether the 1.13 changes end up being too invasive (namely if Airlie's DDX driver rework is merged), and their bug count.

- There was a look at their increasing bug count.

- The xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-nouveau DDX drivers will again be pulled from Git master around the time of the Ubuntu 12.10 feature freeze. The latest Intel released code as of October will be used.

- Mesa 8.1 will happen for Ubuntu 12.10.

- They don't expect any level of hybrid graphics support for Ubuntu 12.10, but maybe for Ubuntu 13.04. They're not really looking to do any major upstream work, but just waiting for the work being done by David Airlie at Red Hat and others to get their work finished.

- Canonical at least hopes to have some multi-seat support in Ubuntu 12.10 since its a mess with Ubuntu 12.04. They're going to look into how Fedora 17 is handling multi-seat in a very nice way and try to copy that to Ubuntu 12.10.

Below are the Canonical-recorded notes about X.Org for Ubuntu 12.10.
#uds-p #track #topic
General X.org plans for Quetzal
- Chris suggests keeping the current stack for longer (easier to test and verify)
- Bryce suggests we update to latest in 12.10 now
- Not going to get the combination we want until October (therefore it’s not a smart move), perhaps updating xorg later on (after testing) is perhaps a better plan
- From what statistics show, Alpha 2 is the best point to do calls for testing.
- Reserving LTS for stable versions and 18-month release for latest version
- Dropping patches that are no longer needed
- Need apport patch workitem to be assigned - needs to work reliably
- look at suse gdb integration with gdb for ideas
- there is a dump core option but it leaves us in an utter mess, this may be possible to cleanup
- Nice to have threaded input fix
- Too many things get called by sigIO handler
Versions:
X-server 1.13 if it hits in september and doesn't contain 3.0
Mesa: 8.1 release planned Aug 17th, 8.1.1 Sep 21th, 8.1.2 Oct 19th
libdrm: latest after the nouveau abi bump
xf86-video-{ati,intel,nouveau}: pick the latest at a suitible period before release
Should we be doing a staged push or more than one push. One later push is better for bug reporting against the existing users but prevents us having the combination we want.
The release testing really seems to be starting in urnest from -alpha2. We are expecting the x-server to release around September.
ACTION:
[x-team] consider PPA per stable release 1.12.x 1.13.x
[x-team] review ubuntu delta on x-server and drop redundant patches
[x-team] review ubuntu delta on mesa and drop redundant patches: DONE
[x-team] apport integration patch need to be fixed up to 'work reliably'
[x-team] link key bugs to the blueprint
[raof] review the upstream SIGIO patch kit to expedite it into the server
[bryce] review work items from last release, move remaining ones here
[raof] Set up a discussion about the "enable binary stuff" by default
[leannogasawara] add checkpoint for kernel on nvidia and fglrx
[tjaalton] nvidia/fglrx packaging health check

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