Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.
In addition to the launch of Fedora Core 5 Test 3, Fedora has also released some information to one of their recent projects -- AIGLX or Accelerated Indirect GL X. Accelerated Indirect GL X is apart of the Fedora Rendering Project. The focus of AIGLX is to enable OpenGL-accelerated effects on a standard desktop. Fedora's AIGLX runs off a slightly modified X server, which includes a couple of additional extensions, updated Mesa package, and a version of Metacity with a composite manager. Cairo, Composite, GTK+, Metacity, OpenGL, Pango, and Luminocity are the core components to a functioning AIGLX environment. Sound familiar to Novell's Xgl? Well, here is an excerpt from the Fedora Wiki pertaining to the differences -- XGL is a different X server. This is a more incremental change which is slated to become part of Xorg. We don't believe that replacing the entire X server is the right path, and that improving it incrementally is a better way to modernize it. After talking to people at xdevconf, it felt like much of the upstream Xorg community shares this view. You can search [WWW] Adam Jackson's notes for "large work for Xgl" to get the blow-by-blow or NVidia's [WWW] presentation from XDevConf 2006 on using the existing model. Installation instructions for Fedora Core 5 Test 3 and AIGLX are also in the Wiki. We will cover more on Accelerated Indirect GL X and are looking at posting some initial Phoronix AIGLX images tomorrow.