X.Org Talks For FOSDEM 2010 Still Missing
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 19 January 2010 at 07:30 PM EST. 11 Comments
X@FOSDEM, the X.Org development room that's held at FOSDEM each year, has traditionally been a two day event that runs the duration of this major European free software meeting. This year though it turned into a one day affair, even though there is only one other X.Org conference held each year (which used to be two -- XDS and XDC -- until that fell apart in 2008). Even with this trimmed down schedule and not many opportunities to talk about X.Org each year at such conferences, the speaking schedule remains only half filled.

There's just a little over two weeks left until FOSDEM 2010 in Brussels, Belgium yet only four of the seven sessions are scheduled. Only one more talk has been added since earlier this month and that will be a session by Luc Verhaegen. Luc's description of his planned talk is below.

4 years after the modular X tree was released, we can clearly see that we did not fully satisfy all expectations and that we are really holding the free software desktop back. In this talk, the current situation gets analysed, and the next step, providing more integrated graphics driver stacks, a change that will make life easier for all involved, is introduced and demonstrated.

Luc will be demonstrating a new "project" he has been working on since being unemployed and that is a more integrated Linux graphics driver stack. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to update your complete graphics driver stack in one swoop rather than having to build numerous separate packages, etc...? Luc thinks so and he'll provide his answer, but you'll need to be at this talk (or view our recordings and news postings afterwards) when all of the details are shared.

The entire morning of X@FOSDEM on the 7th of February remains unfilled. Intel's Keith Packard is expected to be at FOSDEM once again, so he will likely be giving a talk on X.Org in general or the Intel driver stack as he has been doing this for some years now, but nothing has yet been announced. Also missing from this schedule is any talk on the status of the Nouveau driver, which has also been a staple of X@FOSDEM for the past few years. This year's Nouveau status update would be particularly interesting with their DRM code going mainline in the Linux 2.6.33 kernel and likely a DDX driver release in the not too distant future.

Other sessions in the past at X@FOSDEM have included using LLVM for improved GPU performance, rebuilding the X.Org desktop, RandR 1.3, improving GPU power management, Gallium3D status updates, audio support for the X Server, and plenty of other interesting talks.

The current X@FOSDEM 2010 plans can be found on the X.Org Wiki.

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