While there is Oktoberfest in two weeks, in just a week and a half there is the annual X.Org Developers' Summit. This year's summit for these developers is taking place in Toulouse, France. The event was going to be hosted at a conference room at the University of Toulouse, but due to delays in renovating that room, this X.Org summit has been moved to an ex-tobacco factory.
Last year the X.Org Summit was hosted at Portland State University in the United States, but the year before that we met up at the Edinburgh Zoo for XDS 2008. With X developers meeting at the zoo and even needing to stop the event for a Gentoo penguin parade (see video below), X developers are used to strange venues. Let's just hope at this ex-tobacco factory they actually have a reliable Internet connection -- unlike at the Edinburgh Zoo when 30~40 individuals were leaching off a mobile phone connection.
So far the attendance is looking to be about 50 people for XDS2010.
Among the topics to be discussed at this ex-tobacco factory event are whether X drivers should be merged back into the X.Org Server for the 1.10 release, DRM/KMS support on non-Linux platforms, what hardware should continue to be supported and what drivers should be eliminated, a review of the latest DRI2 protocol additions, a development process recap, a multi-touch session, a session on X Gestures, handling input events, board of directors chat, documentation / how to get more individuals involved, EGL in Mesa, and libxkbcommon maintainer-ship. Birds of feather sessions for Xephyr, XCB, and the Wacom support are also planned.
XDS 2010 is planned to last from the 16th to 18th of September in Toulouse at this Manufacture des Tabacs. There will, of course, be live coverage on this event on Phoronix with any interesting notes. We will also be providing audio and/or video recordings too.
Speaking of X.Org, be sure to participate in our 2010 Linux Graphics Survey. While this survey lasts all month, prior to the X Developers' Summit I will likely publish some current results from this survey around the 15th of this month. They may prove to be interesting during the "Should We Kill It With Fire?" session in terms of what hardware/drivers to continue supporting.