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X.Org Server 1.10 Release Plans; Drivers May Still Go In

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Published on 10 September 2010 04:52 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org
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While there are only a few days left until the 2010 X Developers' Summit, Keith Packard has laid out his plans for the development of X.Org Server 1.10.

With X.Org Server 1.10, as talked about before, the X stack may be de-modularized to the point that X drivers would be merged back into the X.Org Server. At least the protocol headers should be merged into a single package and the input drivers are likely to be moved into the X Server too, but moving back in the GPU drivers is a matter that's still hotly debated and will certainly be talked about at the X Developers' Summit. At this point Keith is asking, "Anyone want to volunteer to have "their" driver get merged into the server for 1.10?" Keith's interest in moving the drivers back into the server is so that they can be re-factored so that mode-setting code can be dropped for hardware where there's already kernel mode-setting support, etc.

It's also been talked about before by Keith to bring the X.Org Server development down to a three-month release cycle, but for now it's standing at a six-month release cycle. If this release cycle remains, X.Org Server 1.10 is set to be released on the 18th of February.

Other details from Keith and information for those looking to have their xorg-server patches merged, read this mailing list post.

More information is sure to come next week in Toulouse, which we will be writing about. Also be sure to participate in our 2010 Linux Graphics Survey.

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