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Luc Calls For A Dead Linux Desktop If Keith Gets His Way

While X Server 1.10 is not being discussed at length until tomorrow (the final day of XDS Toulouse), besides today's notes, Luc Verhaegen who formerly was with Novell working on the RadeonHD driver and has also worked on the open-source VIA Unichrome driver and a few other X related projects, is preparing for another heated battle.
17 September 2010 - X.Org Server 1.10 - 103 Comments

A Few Notes From Day 2 Of XDS Toulouse

More details will come later along with the audio/video recordings that ended out the X.Org Developers' Summit in Toulouse, but here are a few random bits from so far today:
17 September 2010 - More Coming Soon

What Parts Of X.Org Should Be Killed With Fire?

Originally at the X.Org Developers' Summit here in Toulouse this week there was going to be a talk entitled "Kill It With Fire" where Corbin Simpson (mostly known for his work on the ATI R300 Gallium3D driver) was going to be speaking about what drivers or parts of X.Org should be eliminated from the stack. This talk though is no longer occurring, in part as Corbin is no longer in attendance; he washed his US passport in the laundry.
17 September 2010 - XDS 2010 - 20 Comments

Recapping The New X.Org Development Process

Scheduling issues had plagued X.Org Server development for the past few years: to the point that even delivering a point release had come more than a year late and major X Server releases were never delivered on time. This though has fortunately changed.
16 September 2010 - Keith & Peter - 8 Comments

A Newbie In X; Creating X.Org Documentation

Matt Dew, a self-proclaimed "X newbie", just finished talking about his experiences as just entering the world of X.Org development and hopes to contribute to the X.Org world by gathering up and improving X.Org documentation.
16 September 2010 - Making Development Easier - 2 Comments

X.Org Is Looking For A New Logo

XDS 2010 has just begun in Toulouse, France. Well, besides yesterday's pre-event where we were discussing Wayland and other topics. At the moment just the X.Org Foundation itself is being discussed.
16 September 2010 - Call For Graphics Designers - 54 Comments

X.Org Server 1.10 Release Plans; Drivers May Still Go In

While there are only a few days left until the 2010 X Developers' Summit, Keith Packard has laid out his plans for the development of X.Org Server 1.10.
10 September 2010 - Keith Packard's Plans - 4 Comments

A Tentative Schedule For XDS 2010

For those interested in the X Developers' Summit (XDS) that is taking place next week at a tobacco factory in France, a tentative schedule has now been published by Matthieu Herrb for the 50 or so people that will be participating in the summit.
8 September 2010 - Now Available - 19 Comments

XDS 2010 Has Been Moved To A Tobacco Factory

While there is Oktoberfest in two weeks, in just a week and a half there is the annual X.Org Developers' Summit. This year's summit for these developers is taking place in Toulouse, France. The event was going to be hosted at a conference room at the University of Toulouse, but due to delays in renovating that room, this X.Org summit has been moved to an ex-tobacco factory.
3 September 2010 - ...Too Bad Not A Biergarten - 3 Comments

Who Contributed The Most During X Server 1.9?

Two years ago we compiled a list of the top contributors to the X Server over the years and that was followed by compiling a similar list of the developers behind Mesa. Tiago Vignatti has now compiled some statistics surrounding the top contributors to X.Org Server 1.9 and related X components just looking at this most recent development cycle. There's also numbers for the input, video, and Mesa components too.
2 September 2010 - Some Stats On It - 16 Comments

Canonical's X Gesture Extension Being Re-Evaluated

Earlier this month Canonical introduced its own multi-touch framework for Ubuntu that is set to premiere with Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" and it's called UTouch and is joined by their own gesture/touch language. That same day as announcing UTouch for Ubuntu that will support devices like the Apple Magic TrackPad and Dell XT2, Canonical proposed the X.Org Gesture Extension to the X.Org development community. While it's good to see Canonical making more contributions to upstream projects that it depends upon for Ubuntu Linux, the X.Org Gesture Extension is already being re-evaluated and may in fact not be needed.
28 August 2010 - Might Not Work - 10 Comments

Threaded Input Events On The Way For X Server 1.10

While X.Org Servger 1.9 was released less than a week ago (heck, it's only been four days since releasing om time), the first interesting patch for X.Org Server 1.10 is already queued up and on the X.Org development mailing list for discussion. This patch, which was written by Tiago Vignatti and Fernando Carrijo, provides the "thread-ification" of the X Server input event generation code. Rather than being bound to the same thread as the X Server, the input event code with this patch is now running in its own thread, but this may only be the start of things to come with finally multi-threading the X.Org Server.
23 August 2010 - Just The Start - 10 Comments

Apple Looks To Take Over X Server 1.9 Release Management

With yesterday's successful release of X.Org Server 1.9 on time by Intel's Keith Packard, most of the developers will now begin working towards X.Org Server 1.10. Like the past few X.Org Server releases, Keith Packard will go on to continue being the release manager for this new series. In the past there's been the input-expert Peter Hutterer of Red Hat to handle the stable release management duties for the point releases, but he will not be handling it for the 1.9.x series and it looks like Apple may be taking over.
21 August 2010 - Will Be Used In XQuartz - 10 Comments

X.Org Server 1.9 Makes It Out On Time!

Keith Packard has announced the official release of X.Org Server 1.9 this evening. Besides this release offering up various bug-fixes and minor improvements, this X Server release is noteworthy as it happens to be the first release in recent times to actually make it out on time. X.Org Server 1.9 hit its original release schedule of being released on the 20th of August.
21 August 2010 - No Delays! - 13 Comments

The High-Profile X.Org / Linux Kernel Security Bug

As many learned today, there's been a rather critical bug living within the Linux kernel for several years (as possibly far back as the original Linux 2.6 kernel release) that was finally fixed and this "high priority" bug is now publicly detailed. This issue (CVE-2010-2240), which allows arbitrary code to be executed as root, is easily exploitable by most current Linux desktops via simply running any compromised GUI application that has access to the running X.Org Server.
18 August 2010 - A.K.A. CVE-2010-2240 - 15 Comments

Introducing The X.Org Gesture Extension

Earlier this morning Canonical had announced the UTouch Framework, which is their multi-touch framework to be formally introduced with Ubuntu 10.10. Canonical developers crafted up their own multi-touch solution and even their own gesture language for Ubuntu, rather than leveraging any similar free software projects, but -- to some surprise -- it turns out they are now going to try to engage with upstream developers to at least have a formalized extension to the X.Org Server for gestures.
16 August 2010 - Canonical Goes Upstream - 10 Comments

X.Org Server 1.9 Release Candidate 6

Last night there was the sixth and potentially last release candidate of X.Org Server 1.9. The xorg-server 1.8.99.906 test release contains various fixes and documentation updates reflecting X Server 1.9 API changes. The final release of xorg-server 1.9 should be just around the corner and may come as soon as next week.
13 August 2010 - It's Out - 1 Comment

The Updated XGI Open-Source Graphics Driver Released

Even the nearly-defunct XGI Technology Inc is able to produce open-source graphics driver code for Linux while VIA continues on with their Linux mess, even with XGI developers working from Windows. In preparations for the X.Org 7.6 Katamari and this month's release of X Server 1.9, a new release of the XGI DDX driver has been made available.
10 August 2010 - The XGI X.Org Driver - 3 Comments

Working On The X.Org 7.6 Katamari

If all goes according to plan, X.Org Server 1.9 will be released in about two weeks, but after that there still is the X.Org 7.6 release "katamari" to be done. While X.Org releases themselves aren't as important any longer with the X Server releases being done at different points and the rest of the X.Org package collection being modular, the X.Org 7.6 release is expected in October.
10 August 2010 - Coming In October - 29 Comments

The X.Org Multi-Touch Protocol Specification Is Drafted

Peter Hutterer, one of the few X.Org input developers and the developer behind Multi-Pointer X when he was a student in Australia, has now published the first public draft of the multi-touch protocol specification. The multi-touch protocol specification is a low-level spec to be integrated with the X Input Extension for further enriching the multi-touch capabilities on Linux and other operating systems using the X.Org Server.
6 August 2010 - Low-Level Multi-Touch - 1 Comment

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