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Closing X Developer Summit 2008 Notes

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Published on 05 September 2008 09:40 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org
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Aside from the short X Server 1.6 release plans and clarifying UXA+EXA, there are a few other notes to share from this afternoon's X.Org/Intel talk.

- This shouldn't come as a surprise, but the release of xf86-video-intel 2.5 driver is planned for later this month. The first release candidate of this new open-source Intel driver is already available, but more test releases are expected before it's officially released. This driver will be GEM-capable, support KMS / kernel mode-setting, DRI2, and more Render acceleration improvements.

- Following the release of xf86-video-intel 2.5.0, work will be underway in preparing for a 2.6 release in December.

- Intel's Linux and Windows driver development teams are working together in sharing their video code between the two platforms. Intel video playback on Linux should improve as a result, but first they're waiting on permission to release some of the Intel 965 video code that's more structured on the Windows side than their current Assembly-based implementation.

- Keith Packard has expressed interest in cleaning up the X/Mesa build process by avoiding duplicated files (primarily C code and header files) between multiple components. In addition, it's his goal to have no auto-generated files -- that have been made by any scripts -- to be housed within git.

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