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X.Org Foundation Revises Its Purpose

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Published on 19 October 2012 01:11 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org
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The X.Org Foundation has finally updated their Wiki page to reflect that they aren't only about the X Window System.

With the much overlap between X.Org developers and related components such as Mesa and now even Wayland too, the X.Org Foundation wants to be the organization behind it all -- basically the Linux graphics stack. With Wayland likely to unseat X11 on the Linux desktop in years to come, the X.Org Foundation has updated its purpose / mission statement.

While it's been discussed at XDC, on X.Org Foundation Board of Direct IRC meetings, and elsewhere, their revised purpose was now just updated on the Wiki. The earlier purpose was:
X.Org Foundation (or X.Org for short) is a company recently organized to operate as a scientific charity under IRS code 501(c)(3), chartered to develop and execute effective strategies that provide worldwide stewardship of the X Window System technology and standards.
While the new version says:
X.Org Foundation (or X.Org for short) is a company recently organized to operate as a scientific charity under IRS code 501(c)(3), chartered to develop and execute effective strategies that provide worldwide stewardship and encouragement of the X Window System and related projects (Mesa, DRI, Wayland, etc.).
The difference is that they are also about encouraging developers and that the X.Org Foundation isn't limited to backing X11 / X Window System but related work like Mesa, Wayland, DRI, etc.

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