Donnie Berkholz presented at FOSDEM 2013 with various X.Org statistics and a look at the health of the development community. Not counting just the X.Org Server but also related components within the X.Org umbrella, the pace of development appears to be on the decline.
The Linux graphics driver stack remains currently insecure with some fundamental issues that jeopardize the Linux desktop's integrity, but improvements are still being made to address the current issues.
While xf86-video-sunxifb sounds like an old X.Org driver from the Sun Microsystems days for some obscure SPARC system, this driver is a fork of the xf86-video-mali DDX driver. What makes this ARM X.Org graphics driver interesting is that it promises better performance on the Allwinner A10/A13 SoC compared to the ARM vendor's official driver.
Aside from the load of miscellaneous X.Org package updates, VMware has released updates to their important X.Org driver components for input and graphics when it comes to Linux guests on their virtualization products.
A large set of X11/X.Org components have seen new release updates in the past few days.
The X.Org state tracker target, which allows for providing basic 2D/EXA acceleration with the X.Org Server over GPU shaders using a generic Gallium3D state tracker, is no longer supported by the R300 Gallium3D driver. Support has been eliminated and the X.Org state tracker targets for other Gallium3D drivers might also be dropped.
For those developers wishing to dive into the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) world on Linux, committed to the libdrm tree are improved man pages that cover various areas of this key component to the open-source Linux graphics stack.
There's less than a month to go until FOSDEM 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. The X@FOSDEM developers meeting of X.Org stakeholders will once again be taking place at this leading annual open-source conference for Europeans. Here's an interview with Luc Verhaegen sharing about what he'll be talking about with his Lima driver project.
The xf86-video-modesetting 0.6.0 driver has been released with support for virtual connectors and a couple of bug-fixes.
Keith Packard announced the end of new development for X.Org Server 1.14 and has tagged xorg-server 1.14 Release Candidate 1.
A complete but experimental implementation of "render nodes" for the open-source Linux graphics stack has been published. After being discussed in months prior for advancing the Linux graphics stack to take care of some security holes, this render node implementation is slowly but surely nearing a state for merging to mainline.
Three months after the release of X.Org Server 1.13, the first point release is now available to provide additional bug-fixes.
As written about last week, X Input 2.3 is being worked on for hopeful inclusion into X.Org Server 1.14.
The X.Org Server 1.14 merge window will soon be closing with this next xorg-server release being expected in March.
Peter Hutterer has published his patches for X Input 2.3, the next version of the X.Org Input extension that's likely to be merged into X.Org Server 1.14. The notable addition to X Input 2.3 is Pointer Barrier Events.
Chris Wilson is out with yet another Intel X.Org graphics driver update in the xf86-video-intel 2.20.x series.
Laurent Pinchart has submitted patches seeking comments concerning the Common Display Framework, formerly being developed as the Generic Panel Framework.
The Pixman rendering library is out with a major new release that presents several interesting new features.
After looking at Wayland's development history this weekend, uploaded today are some visualizations that reflect upon the X11 Server's development as well as Mesa.
For those wondering about the outcome of the Linux graphics driver development book that was worked on back in September prior to XDC2012, the book continues to be worked on a bit for those interested in reading it.
The X.Org Foundation has finally updated their Wiki page to reflect that they aren't only about the X Window System.
The second DRM pull request was submitted and subsequently pulled for the Linux 3.7 kernel.
Rob Clark has put out a new release of the Texas Instruments' xf86-video-omap X.Org DDX driver.
Work on integrating support for DMA-BUF to import and export buffers from the Linux kernel V4L2 stack is still a work in progress.
Keith Packard has been working on support for passing file descriptors over the X protocol socket as part of the work of DRI-Next, a.k.a. the "DRI3" undertaking.
Taking a break from his crazy activity on the Intel driver and SNA acceleration architecture, Chris Wilson released today Cairo 1.12.4. There are some worthwhile changes and new features to this release making it worth the upgrade.
Keith Packard has outlined plans for "DRI-Next", the improvements to the Direct Rendering Infrastructure that were brewed earlier this month at XDC2012 Nürnberg.
The X.Org Foundation sponsored an EVoC project for OpenCL support in Piglit.
Chad Versace of Intel talked about his Waffle implementation at XDC2012.
Here's one of the final talks from this week's XDC2012 conference. This one was discussing the future Linux OpenGL ABI and other OpenGL matters.
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