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.org

Will The X.Org 7.5 Release Schedule Be Met?

X.Org

Published on 08 July 2009 09:26 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org
27 Comments

While the X Server is a very critical component to the Linux desktop and free software ecosystem, the X.Org project has had problems with delivering releases on time. Almost any X Server / X.Org release from recent times can be looked at and generally there were multiple delays in getting that release out that often spanned multiple months. In fact, for a simple point release last year it was over 200 days late. The most recent example is X Server 1.6, which was meant to be strictly a time-based release, but that arrived almost three months late. Beyond just being late, the quality of these X.Org releases have been degrading. Currently under development is X Server 1.7 and that too is running behind schedule.

X Server 1.7 / X.Org 7.5 was originally scheduled for release in April, but that wound up being an April Fool's Joke as nothing was actually accomplished in getting this update ready for release in time. In late April, the release schedule was then revised for a July release, but that was quickly backed to an August release schedule where it stands today. The most recent delay was to allow X Input 2.0 to be merged (so that we can finally have Multi-Pointer X) prior to the feature freeze.

This most recent release schedule put the X Server 1.7 code branching on the 6th of July, but if you head on over to the xorg/xserver branches page, you can see that as of right now there is no X Server 1.7 branch. Daniel Stone who has been heading up the X.Org 7.5 management is currently at the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit, which may explain this latest delay, but if that is the reason it will be at least a week that this release schedule will be behind.

Granted the simple branching of the X Server code from Git master is not a huge milestone worth celebrating, but it simply didn't happen yet and hopefully this will not impact the rest of the release schedule once again. The first beta release of X.Org 7.5 is planned for the 20th of July, which is less than two weeks away.

If this latest release schedule is to be followed, X Server 1.7 / X.Org 7.5 is to be completed and out in the wild on the 17th of August, which is just a bit more than one month away. It would be wonderful if no further delays are pushed onto X Server 1.7, but at this point the bet would probably be on September.

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 Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Rosewill RS-MI-01: An Ultra Low-Cost Mini-ITX Chassis
  2. D-Link DCS-2330L HD Wireless Network Camera
  3. Gigabyte AM1M-S2H
  4. AMD's New Athlon/Semprons Give Old Phenom CPUs A Big Run For The Money
Latest Linux Articles
  1. AMD Catalyst 14.4 Brings Few Linux Performance Improvements
  2. The Performance Of Fedora 20 Updated
  3. Clang Fights GCC On AMD's Athlon AM1 APU With Jaguar Cores
  4. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. Oracle Linux vs. CentOS vs. openSUSE
Latest Linux News
  1. PC-BSD Is Developing Its Own Desktop Environment
  2. Valve Is Bringing VOGL To Windows & Working On Regression Tests
  3. Canonical Is Taking Over Linux 3.13 Kernel Maintenance
  4. Google Web Designer Is Now Natively Available On Linux
  5. Ubuntu 14.10 Is Codenamed The Utopic Unicorn
  6. Audacious 3.5 Lightweight Audio Player Released
  7. Steam Updated For Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, SteamOS
  8. DNF 0.5 Yum Replacement Now Supports Groups
  9. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 Is Looking Fantastic
  10. Intel Is Launching An Interesting Bay Trail NUC Next Week
  11. Another X.Org EVoC Proposed For OpenGL 4+ Tests
  12. The Best Features Coming With Qt 5.3
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Linux Kernel Developers Fed Up With Ridiculous Bugs In Systemd
  2. The Most Amazing OpenGL Tech Demo In 64kb
  3. Announcing radeontop, a tool for viewing the GPU usage
  4. HTPC-upgrade advice: AMD Richland A8-7600 or Kaveri A10-6700T ???
  5. New card. Open source drivers only.
  6. The GNOME Foundation Is Running Short On Money
  7. Script for Fan Speed Control
  8. Torvalds Is Unconvinced By LTO'ing A Linux Kernel