The State of The X.Org Foundation 2010
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 21 February 2010 at 09:34 AM EST. 1 Comment
Along with announcing the X.Org Foundation board of director results, Bart Massey also issued the 2010 State of the X.Org Foundation report. This lengthy report on the state of the foundation for this year can be read on the mailing list. It really doesn't detail the financial situation well like many are after, but just an overview of the X.Org happenings now and going forward. Below are a few take-aways from the report.

- The X.Org work with Google Summer of Code 2009 was successful but X.Org Endless Vacation of Code was not. The X.Org Endless Vacation of Code project was spawned from Google's Summer of Code, but it was really not promoted and there didn't end up being any student developers contributing.

- XDS 2010 is in France this September, but the foundation is already looking at XDC 2011. Next year's X Developers' Conference may be in Brazil.

- Funding options for the X.Org Foundation will be again explored in 2010 after they stopped actively collecting money from sponsors a few years back.

- The report's conclusion: "The state of the X.Org Foundation is strong. The X Window System continues to succeed. Each year that I have prepared this report I have confidently predicted that the following year will be the Year of the Linux Desktop. However, I do not believe that 2010 will be the Year of the Linux Desktop, due to decreasing interest in desktops and laptops. I am quite sure that 2010 will be the Year of Mobile Linux."

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