I've been alerted this afternoon that there's an outstanding security vulnerability within the current X.Org Server that's receiving little attention. This active vulnerability could allow anyone with physical access to your system to easily bypass the desktop's screen lock regardless of your desktop environment.
The XAA 2D acceleration architecture is finally set to be stripped out of X.Org Server 1.13 and upstream open-source X.Org drivers.
The X.Org Foundation has been quietly paying a developer to better the OpenCL support within Gallium3D.
Keith Packard released the X.Org Server 1.12 release candidate last night. This marks the close of the merge window for the xorg-server 1.12 cycle as the final release is prepared for availability in March.
Ian Romanick has published his patch-set for the necessary X.Org Server changes to support the GLX_ARB_create_context for OpenGL 3.0. Keith Packard has also announced the X.Org Server 1.12 merge window will close on Christmas.
There was a new documentation drop this week that consisted of data-sheets and other programming documentation for the 2D, 3D, and MPEG engines of a mobile GPU.
While the X Input 2.2 / Multi-Touch code was merged into X.Org Server 1.12 today, still missing is RandR 1.4 support as sought after by NVIDIA driver users, among other Linux desktop users.
David Airlie has achieved a bit more success in his GPU "PRIME" work to provide graphics processor hot-plugging support under Linux with the X.Org Server.
Peter Hutterer has supplied some detailed information about the new X.Org multi-touch support as supplied by X Input 2.2 and to be found in X.Org Server 1.12. This information concerns pointer emulation and getting the new input events.
One month has passed since the first X.Org Server 1.12 snapshot was released, but now a new development version has landed.
X.Org Server 1.11.3 was released by Apple's Jeremy Huddleston prior to starting the weekend.
Multi-touch support is finally ready for the X.Org world! Peter Hutterer has submitted the patches for X.Org Server 1.12 that deliver on multi-touch support with the X Input 2.2 extension.
As talked about a few weeks ago, the release schedule of X.Org Server 1.12 has changed, except not for technical reasons and only to workaround Keith Packard's holiday. Rather than releasing in February, it's now been decided to release in March and to include X Input 2.2 with Multi-Touch support. The X.Org 7.7 Katamari is also being cooked up for March.
The X.Org Board of Directors has decided this afternoon the location of the 2012 X.Org Developers' Summit. Proposals were submitted for Dublin and Nürnberg, but in the end the board elected to go with the Bavarian location.
Peter Hutterer has provided an update on the state of X.Org multi-touch support as he hopes to have this input feature ready for integration into the next X.Org Server release.
X Input 2.2 will likely be merged into X.Org Server 1.12.
The discussion surrounding Virtual CRTCs has been renewed.
The first development snapshot of X.Org Server 1.12 is now available for interested testers.
There's a new project to replace the XQuartz DDX, as used by Apple Mac OS X, with the stock XFree86 DDX using a dummy video driver.
The plan is for Glamor, an OpenGL-based acceleration method for X.Org drivers and common driver, to ship as a Glamor rendering library and a Glamor EGL support library.
The second point release of X.Org Server 1.11 is now available.
If you're interested in multi-GPU rendering, capabilities for DisplayLink-like devices, or NVIDIA Optimus / MUX-less hybrid graphics switching, here's some news worth reading about virtual CRTCs.
David Airlie has demonstrated success in the first phase of his X.Org GPU/driver hot-plugging work, which eventually may lead to proper dynamic GPU switching under X.
While it's likely in the next two to three years that the Wayland Display Server will play a pivotal role on the Linux desktop, the X11 Server isn't going away immediately. There's still legacy X applications that must run, uncertainty about what Solaris/BSD will do for their display server due to their graphics driver shortcomings, and other uncharted issues. It's possible that X12, an improved version of the X11 protocol, could even be developed.
David Airlie has announced new work on the xf86-video-modesetting driver, which aims to be a generic X.Org (DDX) driver that will take advantage of the generic parts of the Linux KMS (kernel mode-setting) APIs so that any GPU should be supported.
Glamor, an open-source project that up until now has received little community attention or public acknowledgement outside of its small development group, has now been called to be merged into the X.Org Server. But what is Glamor?
Jeremy Huddleston released xorg-server 1.11.1 a few hours ago. This release was done since two "brown-bag" issues were found in X.Org Server 1.11.0, which was released just one month ago.
It's your last chance to participate in the 2011 Linux Graphics Survey.
One of the mailing list threads I've been trying to catch up on this week while at Oktoberfest is the heated discussion about merging video/input drivers back into the X.Org Servers. This discussion was started at the XDC2011 conference, but there's many e-mails being exchanged from more parties not in favor of merging the drivers into the xorg-server tree or wishing to see other developmental process changes.
Texas Instruments has proposed a new low-level display framework for Linux.
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