OpenSolaris Receives New X Server, Mesa
Written by Michael Larabel in Oracle on 18 June 2009 at 07:53 PM EDT. Add A Comment
For those of you that use OpenSolaris or the bi-weekly snapshots of Solaris Express Community Edition, the just-released SXCE Build 116 contains an updated X stack. In particular, this update brings X Server 1.6 (in particular, version 1.6.1) and Mesa 7.4. This change can be tracked in the OpenSolaris bug database. As part of this upgrade, X Input 1.5 is now supported and some other X.Org modules have also been updated.

Some of the features that X Server 1.6 brings to OpenSolaris is RandR 1.3 support, Direct Rendering Infrastructure 2, Predictable Pointer Acceleration, and various other improvements and bug fixes.

Pulled into this SXCE release was Mesa 7.4.1, however, Mesa 7.4.2 is currently the latest version (and a final point release in the 7.4.x series is expected in the next day or so), but already queued up for being pulled into SXCE Build 117. Mesa 7.5 with the initial Gallium3D support is also expected to be released at any time.

The Solaris Express Community Edition Build 117 release announcement can be found on the OpenSolaris Forums.

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