More than a week ago we reported on the X.Org Server 1.9 release status
and how it was still planned for release in August, the merge window would be closing after some RandR 1.4 code got pulled in, and the first release candidate was supposed to come that day. Well, finally, that first release candidate has arrived.
The first release candidate for X Server 1.9 was delayed because of the Intel Linux graphics driver (xf86-video-intel) not building against the latest 1.9 code due to a driver issue, which is now fixed-up so Keith Packard went ahead and created this first release candidate: xorg-server 18.104.22.1681.
There isn't anything too incredible to be found in X.Org Server 1.9 for end-users, but there is the RandR 1.4 support with per-CRTC pixmap support. As was said in that last status update, "This support, as described in the Resize and Rotate extension documentation, provides "multiple scan-out buffers which applications can create and assign to arbitrary collections of crtcs. These pixmaps can be associated with a window for use with OpenGL or drawn to directly." A RRSetCrtcConfigs request has also been added to the RandR 1.4 specification. Intel has a branch of their xf86-video-intel driver with RandR 1.4 support while the other open-source drivers are likely to follow soon."
There's also bug fixes and a variety of other work that's been collected since the X.Org Server 1.8 release earlier this year. Expect a few more release candidates to come before the August 1.9 release.
The 1.9 RC1 release announcement can be found on xorg-announce