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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

X.Org Server 1.9 RC5 Released

X.Org Server 1.9 is due to be released in just about one month, so as such, Keith Packard the release manager has pushed out the fifth release candidate of this forthcoming X.Org update. As said by Keith, "Not a huge number of changes this time around, but a couple of useful bug fixes."
14 July 2010 - New Release Candidate - 6 Comments

More Of What To Look Forward To At XDS2010

There is just over two months left until the 2010 X.Org Developers' Summit taking place in Toulouse, France. There's just over 30 registered participants at this time and not much has changed since the reminder a few weeks back, but a few more of the sessions have been expressed.
13 July 2010 - X.Org Developers' Summit - 8 Comments

X.Org Server 1.9 RC5 Released For Testing

There's just about a month and a half left until Keith Packard hopes to ship X Server 1.9, so as such he has put out another release candidate today of this updated xorg-server -- on the same-day that the X Server 1.8.2 point release made it out.
1 July 2010 - Final Next Month - 6 Comments

X.Org Server 1.8.2 Officially Released

Peter Hutterer has announced the official release of X.Org Server 1.8.2, after it has went through two release candidates over the past month. No new changes have been introduced since X.Org Server 1.8.2 RC2 and since the release of X.Org Server 1.8.1 in mid-May it just carries more bug-fixes, a couple DRI2 updates, and addresses other maintenance items.
1 July 2010 - No More 1.8 Updates - 5 Comments

A Reminder Of The 2010 X.Org Developer Summit

Matthieu Herrb is sending out reminders this morning that the 2010 X.Org Developers' Summit is taking place this September in Toulouse, France. From the 16th through the 18th of September at the University of Toulouse, the X.Org developers and interested parties will be discussing various topics related to Linux graphics and input.
27 June 2010 - September In France - 4 Comments

A Bunch Of Interesting Cairo-Trace Benchmarks

GNOME developer Benjamin Otte has published quite a few benchmarks on his blog showing off the Cairo performance with the Xlib and OpenGL back-ends on Intel hardware and also NVIDIA hardware with the open-source Nouveau driver.
27 June 2010 - Xlib, GL, Etc. - 4 Comments

Ubuntu Nearing X Server Not Running As Root

Based upon a recent email to the X.Org developers' mailing list, Canonical is nearing the point of one of their goals for Ubuntu 10.10 of a rootless X Server, or being able to run the X.Org Server without root privileges.
25 June 2010 - Ubuntu Maverick Developments - 2 Comments

Whoops, X.Org Server 1.9 Gets Another RC Today

The second X.Org Server 1.9 release candidate was released earlier today after the first RC making it out just last week, but already the third release candidate is available to interested parties.
22 June 2010 - Bugs - 40 Comments

Here Comes X.Org Server 1.9 Release Candidate 2

Keith Packard has just announced the release of X.Org Server 1.9 RC2, which is coming just days after the first release candidate. This second release candidate for the updated X Server pulls in most of the remaining patches that were requested prior to the RC1 release last week.
22 June 2010 - New RC - 1 Comment

X.Org Server 1.8.2 Release Candidate 2 Is Here

Earlier this month there was the release of X.Org Server 1.8.2 RC1, but last night the second release candidate was pushed out by Peter Hutterer, who has been managing the X Server point releases. The 1.8.2 RC2 release should be quite representative of the final release barring any last minute problems.
21 June 2010 - Final Is Near - 1 Comment

Introducing The Cairo Gallium3D State Tracker

In past days we have reported on the work being done at the moment for improving the ATI R300 GLSL compiler and kernel mode-setting support for old 3Dlabs GPUs by students participating in the X.Org project with Google's Summer of Code. Igor Trindade Oliveira, another GSoC student developer, has blogged about the work he is doing this summer on creating a Gallium3D state tracker for Cairo.
19 June 2010 - The Code In Hand - 8 Comments

Kernel Mode-Setting With The Glint Driver

Earlier this month we reported on the ATI R300 GLSL compiler improvements being worked on as part of a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) project for X.Org, but how are their other 2010 projects progressing by these student developers? There's five GSoC X.Org projects in total this year and last night we received a bit of an update on the kernel mode-setting (KMS) efforts for porting the Glint driver.
18 June 2010 - For That Old Hardware - 7 Comments

X.Org Server 1.9 Release Candidate 1 Has Arrived

More than a week ago we reported on the X.Org Server 1.9 release status and how it was still planned for release in August, the merge window would be closing after some RandR 1.4 code got pulled in, and the first release candidate was supposed to come that day. Well, finally, that first release candidate has arrived.
16 June 2010 - Xorg-Server 1.9 RC1

X Server 1.9 Window Closing After RandR 1.4 Pull

There's good news for the Ubuntu camp and others releasing in the September-October time-frame: development work on X.Org Server 1.9 is still going as planned for an August release and its merge window is about to be closed. In the past it's been tough for the X.Org project to release server updates in a timely manner that's on schedule, but continuing from their X.Org Server 1.8 success, 1.9 is shaping up nicely too.
7 June 2010 - Merge Window Closing - 8 Comments

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