X.Org Server 1.9
is the key interest now among X developers working on the graphics and input stacks with its release coming as soon as August
, but Peter Hutterer once again is taking over the role of maintaining the stable X.Org Server branch. With X.Org Server 1.7.7
being nearly out of the way, the first point release for X.Org Server 1.8 is being prepared for release.
Peter has put out a X.Org Server 1.8.1 release candidate, which pulls in quite a number of bug-fix patches from the current X.Org Server master code-base that's being built-up for the 1.9 release. For distribution vendors, X.Org Server 1.8.1 now offers two directories for carrying distribution-specific patches and the other for custom, user-installed patches.
The rest of the 43 patches that make up the X.Org Server 1.8.1 RC1 release range from XQuartz fixes to GLX and XKB fixes. A second release candidate for X.Org Server 1.8.1 is planned for early May and after that the first (of a couple) point releases will make it out into the world.
The X.Org Server 1.8.1 release candidate announcement can be read on the X.Org mailing list