X.Org 7.7 Katamari Finally Surfaces
It's been a year and a half since the release of X.Org 7.6, but the X.Org 7.7 katamari was finally tagged today.
The X.Org 7.7 katamari was originally expected in March at the same time of the X.Org Server 1.12 release, but that obviously didn't happen. The X.Org Server release schedule accuracy has improved a great deal, but the rare katamari event hasn't improved. The X.Org 7.7 RC1 was finally made available in mid-April, and then unexpectedly today, X.Org 7.7 was officially released.
The X.Org katamari isn't too exciting today with the modularization of X.Org and the katamari not happening at the same time as the X.Org Server releases. Most of the components making up this collection of X packages have been available independently for weeks or even months, but now it's just being advertised as the whole X.Org shebang.
Features of X.Org 7.7 therefore include all of the work that went into xorg-server 1.10/1.11/1.12 (the releases since December of 2010), finishes converting documentation to DocBook/XML, sync extension 3.1, X Input 2.2 multi-touch support, and XFixes 5.0 with pointer barriers. That's it for the key features as mentioned on the Wiki. There's also a plethora of improvements to the individual X.Org input and graphics drivers, libraries, and other areas since the last katamari tagging in 2010. Basically, anything you've read on Phoronix about X.Org since the end of 2010 that has been merged, is part of this updated package collection.
The source tar-balls, release notes, and other information for X.Org 7.7 is available from X.Org.
There's also the mailing list announcement.
X11R7.7 supports Linux, BSD, Solaris, MacOS X, Microsoft Windows and GNU Hurd systems. It incorporates both new features and stability and correctness fixes, including support for reporting multi-touch events from touchpads and touchscreens which can report input from more than one finger at a time, smoother scrolling from scroll wheels, better cross referencing & formatting of the documentation, pointer barriers to control cursor movement, and synchronization fences to coordinate between X and other rendering engines such as OpenGL.
X.Org 7.8 comes at a time when X11 is about to turn 25 years old. The next X.Org Developers' Conference is this September in Nürnberg.
Next up will be X.Org 7.8. The mailing list release announcement mentions, "The next full release will be X11R7.8 and may happen in 2013." So we may see it next year, or it could quite possibly be delayed until 2014 based upon past releases.
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