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 Benchmarking Platform
Phoromatic Test Orchestration

X.Org Server 1.16 Delayed To Let In Non-PCI Graphics Support

X.Org

Published on 08 July 2014 12:08 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org
41 Comments

X.Org Server 1.16 has been delayed. However, it's not been delayed like in some of the more notorious past releases due to outstanding bugs, etc, but over letting in a late feature to this latest revision of the X11 server.

There was a lot of developer interest and pressure to let non-PCI device support get merged for the 1.16 stable release. This non-PCI support is needed for allowing the NVIDIA Tegra (open-source) graphics driver to work properly in an easy manner since it's not exposed as a PCI VGA device. Thierry Reding at NVIDIA along with support from other developers worked out adding this non-PCI graphics support on the X.Org Server side.

The patches add a new OutputClass configuration section for the xorg.conf and xorg.conf.d. By using the OutputClass section, ouput devices can be matched to given attributes and to configure them appropriately -- i.e. matching a graphics device to a loaded kernel DRM driver name. With the current NVIDIA Tegra use-case, the tegra DRM driver can be detected and to then load the xf86-video-opentegra driver where as previously the matching would occur since there isn't any PCI identification. A few more details can be learned from the OutputClass commit.

Keith Packard pulled in this support today and decided to tag another release candidate prior to declaring the official xorg-server 1.16 build that should have happened at the beginning of July. The new release is X.Org Server 1.15.99.904. This new release was codenamed "Netarts Bay Oysters."

Keith wrote, "Several people have asked that I get the non-PCI device support stuff merged for 1.16. That was finally posted and reviewed late last week; just about the time 1.16 was supposed to actually ship...Instead of merging and shipping, I've gone ahead and merged those changes and built this "final" RC for testing. Unless something is terribly broken, this will be essentially 1.16 will be."

The new expected release date for X.Org Server 1.16 is now 16 July. X.Org Server 1.16 besides the last minute non-PCI device / OutputClass support includes over 1000+ compiler warning fixes, built-in GLAMOR support for 2D acceleration using OpenGL, handling for non-root support, improved Ultra HD 4K support, and initial XWayland support. X.Org Server 1.16 should be a fantastic release!

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 Articles & Reviews
  1. Sub-$20 802.11n USB WiFi Adapter That's Linux Friendly
  2. The Lenovo T450s Is Working Beautifully With Linux
  3. Linux 4.0 SSD EXT4 / Btrfs / XFS / F2FS Benchmarks
  4. Linux 4.0 Hard Drive Comparison With Six File-Systems
  5. Lenovo ThinkPad T450s Broadwell Preview
  6. How Open-Source Allowed Valve To Implement VULKAN Much Faster On The Source 2 Engine
Latest Linux News
  1. GCC 5.1 RC2 Arrives, GCC 5.1 Planned For Next Week
  2. F2FS For Linux 4.1 Has New Features & Fixes
  3. Phoronix Server Upgrade This Weekend: Dual Haswell Xeons, 96GB DDR4
  4. Google's Experimental QUIC Transport Protocol Is Showing Promise
  5. Red Hat Joins Khronos, The Group Behind OpenGL & Vulkan
  6. NetworkManager Drops WiMAX Support
  7. Wine 1.7.41 Works More On Kernel Job Objects, MSI Patches
  8. Linux 4.1 Has Improvements For The Multi-Queue Block Layer
  9. X.Org Looks To Have Six Summer Projects
  10. DragonFlyBSD Pulls In GCC 5 Compiler
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. Nouveau: NVIDIA's New Hardware Is "VERY Open-Source Unfriendly"
  2. Linux 4.0 Kernel Released
  3. Microsoft Announces An LLVM-Based Compiler For .NET
  4. Linux 4.1 Brings Many Potentially Risky x86/ASM Changes
  5. Encryption Support For EXT4
  6. VirtualBox 5.0 Beta 2 Released
  7. Mozilla Start Drafting Plans To Deprecate Insecure HTTP
  8. Elementary OS 0.3 "Freya" Now Available