This week Silicon Motion fired off an email to the X.Org developers with a patch that introduces 38,463 lines of new code for their open-source Linux graphics driver.
After pulling in a ton of changes, the merge window for X.Org Server 1.13 is now over and the first release candidate has been issued.
Prior to closing the merge window for X.Org Server 1.13, Keith Packard pulled Daniel Stone's latest patches, which have killed off XAA acceleration support for DDX drivers.
The X.Org Server 1.13 release for this September just got a lot more exciting now that David Airlie's patch-set for providing initial PRIME DRI2 off-loading and other modern GPU functionality was merged this weekend.
While the GLX_ARB_create_context and GLX_ARB_create_context_profile extensions were already pulled into the GLX code for X.Org Server 1.13, with the merge window being extended to allow the landing of Airlie's RandR 1.5 work, a few more GLX extensions have now landed too.
Keith Packard is pushing back the closing of the X.Org Server 1.13 merge window to next week in order to allow the new RandR patches to land, which is needed for the GPU hot-plugging support.
Last week I shared some statistics that showed the rate of Mesa / Gallium3D development is slowing down this year compared to year's prior. Today here's a set of stats looking at the X.Org Server development. This should come as less of a surprise, but the xorg-server development has also seen a large reduction in commits and overall activity.
David Airlie has posted his latest set of 31 patches as he works to enable new features in the aging X.Org Server code-base.
RandR 1.5 paired with the latest X.Org Server advancements allows for GPU offloading and USB GPU hot-plugging under Linux. Here are some demos of this technology finally working.
X.Org 7.7 was released last week and following the katamari's debut there was a brief discussion about plans for X.Org 7.8. While it was quick to be discussed, don't expect X.Org 7.8 to come until late 2013.
The X.Org Foundation, which backs the development of the X11/X.Org Server and now a steward to other technologies like Mesa and Wayland, is a registered charitable organization.
While X.Org 7.7 was only released last week, this updated set of X packages have already worked their way into FreeBSD. The FreeBSD developers request your help in testing.
The latest work by David Airlie for improving the X.Org infrastructure to handle modern GPU features (e.g. multi-GPUs, Optimus-like capabilities, etc) comes in the form of a proposed RandR protocol update.
The GLX extension for specifying at context-creation time what OpenGL version and context properties will be used may finally enter the X.Org Server, which is important in supporting newer versions of OpenGL under Linux.
Keith Packard has set out his plans for releasing X.Org Server 1.13 this September. There's also some interesting plans expressed by David Airlie for what this update could potentially provide for Linux desktop users.
It's been a year and a half since the release of X.Org 7.6, but the X.Org 7.7 katamari was finally tagged today.
Another X.Org Endless Vacation of Code (EVoC) proposal has been submitted. This time around the proposal concerns OpenCL testing in Mesa.
David Airlie has sent out a notice that soon he'll try to go forth with a pull request that will cause more API/ABI breakage for the X.Org Server.
The first step of the X.Org Server API changes for the DDX drivers to allow for some more modern GPU driver functionality has landed in the mainline Git repository for the xorg-server.
After David Airlie brought up the new DDX driver API for the X.Org Server, a new discussion was born concerning the lack of patch review taking place for the X.Org Server.
The new driver API for the X.Org Server that would finally allow for the X.Org stack to better compete with modern desktop drivers on Windows and Mac OS X, may actually see the light of day, prior to the Wayland push.
For any unfortunate souls still stuck to crippled graphics hardware, there's five X.Org drivers that have been updated this weekend.
The xf86-video-modesetting generic KMS-dependent driver for X.Org has been updated. Separately, the call for pulling the GLX_ARB_create_context support at long-last into the X.Org Server has been made.
The FreeBSD team working on X support have announced a set of X.Org updates to bring the FreeBSD package support to X.Org 7.5.2, which now includes Intel KMS support.
The X.Org 7.7 katamari is finally coming about following the recent launch of the X.Org Server 1.12.1 point release. X11R7.7 Release Candidate 1 was made available on Sunday night.
As reported previously on Phoronix, X.Org/Mesa/Wayland is no longer involved with Google's Summer of Code. Some changes have also been made concerning the project's independent Endless Vacation of Code.
The DRM render-nodes work has been revived. This DRM branch originally started out when working on support for enabling two X.Org Servers to run off of a single graphics card.
X.Org developers are currently discussing the possibility to remove the KDrive, Xnest, and Xvfb technologies from the X.Org Server, citing that their functionality has been superseded by better alternatives and this could lead to trimming the xorg-server by over 30,000 lines of code.
Hitting the X.Org Server Git repository on Wednesday was an extremely large patch: 259,934 lines of code were removed with 264,651 lines of code being added, but don't get too excited.
Well, here's a surprise, Google has decided to not accept the X.Org Foundation into participating in this year's Google Summer of Code. Any students interested in contributing to X.Org / Mesa / Wayland over the summer will not be part of Google's annual arrangement.
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