Ending XDC2011 Chicago on Wednesday afternoon was a discussion led by Apple's Jeremy Huddleston, Intel's Keith Packard, and Oracle's Alan Coopersmith. The discussion was about X.Org Server release schedules. The two main points brought up is merging the drivers back into the X.Org Server tree as well as aiming for a regression-free X.Org Server by reverting any commits to the server Git tree that are regressions that aren't fixed within one week's time.
For those not in Chicago for the 2011 X.Org Developers' Conference (XDC2011), here are a few photos from the Phoronix beer event yesterday. The full photo-set of XDC2011 will be published on Phoronix in the next few days, but here's a few highlights aside from the ones published already.
On Monday at XDC2011, Jamey Sharp talked about what he sees as "the codebase of the future" for X.Org and was an open discussion with the three dozen other developers at the Chicago event.
Here's some photographs from the first day of XDC2011, the annual X.Org Developers' Conference, which this year is taking place in Chicago, United States. XDC2011 is running through Wednesday and is being hosted at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
The 2011 X.Org Developers' Conference is set to begin tomorrow morning in Chicago, Illinois, United States. This three-day event will focus on what's coming down the pipe for the X.Org Server, Mesa, the Linux kernel DRM, and related areas of open-source graphics and input.
Next Tuesday during XDC2011 Chicago at the Illinois Institute of Technology I am hosting a panel about contributing to Linux and open-source projects, in particular, X.Org, Mesa, and the Linux kernel, but the information should be largely relevant to any free software project. This discussion panel is largely targeted towards university students and others that aren't yet contributing to upstream projects, with most of the panel participants having begun their Linux contributions prior to graduating from university and then most of them being poached by major open-source companies.
One of the features part of the new X Input extension to be included in X.Org Server 1.12 is smooth scrolling support.
Next week at XDC2011 Chicago there will be a rather unique discussion taking place that's quite different from what normally goes on at this annual X.Org Developers' Conference. There is going to be a moderated panel discussion (tentatively titled "Contributing to X.Org and Open-Source") about contributing to X.Org, the Linux kernel, Mesa, and open-source software in general. For those not residents of the Chicago area, this session will be broadcast on the Internet.
As a reminder to those that haven't yet participated, the 2011 Linux Graphics Survey is currently taking place and your feedback is requested to help X.Org / Linux graphics developers understand the current driver market-share and to help the desktop community at large.
While there has been an X.Org multi-touch implementation for X Input 2.1 dating back about a year, there's still no formal X Input 2.1 release (X Input 2.0 came in 2009). When X Input 2.1 is released, likely as part of X.Org Server 1.12, it won't even offer up the multi-touch support. Here's some of what you can expect to see from X Input 2.1 and then the X Input 2.2 milestone.
X.Org Server 1.11 was officially released this Friday evening.
X.Org Server 1.11 was originally planned for release on the 19th of August, but following a one-week delay, it should be officially released this Friday. This is another significant update to the X.Org Server.
Three weeks from today, the X.Org Developers' Conference, the annual meet-up of Linux graphics driver developers, will be taking place in Chicago. Here's the latest developments for this conference.
Rob Clark of Texas Instruments has proposed to X.Org developers that the DRI2 protocol be extended so that overlays can display video content, as a possible replacement to X-Video or for a client-side X-Video API on top of DRI2.
It's time for the 2011 Linux Graphics Survey on Phoronix. Since 2007 (see the 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 results) we have been running an annual Linux graphics survey. The purpose of this survey is to help graphics driver developers, software / application developers, and other organizations understand the hardware/software configurations and features currently being used by Linux desktop users. It's now time for the 2011 Linux Graphics Survey.
We're now just one month away from the 2011 X.Org Developers' Conference (XDC2011) that's being hosted in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
Keith Packard has tagged X.Org Server 1.11 RC2. The X.Org Server 1.11 release is imminent and the RC2 marks the end of development except for critical fixes.
One of the long sought after features of X.Org and the Linux graphics stack has been the ability to run multiple X Servers from a single graphics card. While this wouldn't be used by many, there are still many interested in seeing this feature request become a reality.
Lennart Poettering has published patches this Sunday to provide support for udev/systemd multi-seat input device hot-plugging support for the X.Org Server.
As I mentioned earlier this week on the X.Org mailing lists, there's just two months left until XDC2011, this year's X.Org Developers' Conference that I've been organizing. XDC2011 is taking place from the 12th to 14th of September in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
For anyone still relying upon non-kernel non-evdev non-synaptics input drivers for X.Org on Linux, there's a number of new releases. Peter Hutterer has released six updated xf86-input drivers.
Corentin Chary has announced the release of XWayland and the new xf86-video-wlshm driver.
Last week there was the release of a set of patches for X.Org that implement smooth-scrolling support for the X Server. These patches were released by Daniel Stone and today he's now released a set of patches that target the X.Org Synaptics input driver for implementing smooth scrolling, predictable motion, and better acceleration.
In early 2012 we can expect to see the release of X.Org Server 1.12 with various touch improvements and other input related work. Also being queued up for the 1.12 release is support for smooth scrolling.
Just returning back from a brief holiday, Keith Packard has tagged X.Org Server 1.11 Release Candidate 1.
Apple's Jeremy Huddleston has just released X.Org Server 1.10.2. This second point release was set to be released yesterday, but then there was fear of a regression causing a delay (turns out it's no longer reproducible), so now we have a holiday weekend release of xorg-server 1.10.2.
Even with the likely release of the Linux 3.0 kernel, open-source graphics drivers continue to be a big problem for the Linux desktop. While they have improved a lot in recent years, for many Linux users they can cause horrific headaches. Recently it was mentioned on Phoronix that Intel Sandy Bridge is in bad shape for Ubuntu 11.04 and that it even broke upstream in Linux 2.6.39, but Intel's far from being the only driver experiencing a choppy boat ride.
While not exactly uncommon for a major X.Org Server update, the video driver ABI for the DDX drivers will break with the forthcoming xorg-server 1.11 release. This means that for those using the proprietary graphics drivers, namely the AMD Catalyst driver, you may be stuck waiting a couple of months for support.
X Input 2.1 was originally talked about for X.Org Server 1.10 with its initial multi-touch implementation having been published back in late 2010.
Here's the next chapter of the X.Org / Mesa plans for Ubuntu 11.10, in continuation of the earlier X.Org / Mesa talks at UDS Budapest.
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