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X Server 1.10 Merge Window Closing; Ubuntu 11.04 To Use

The X.Org Server 1.10 merge window closes tomorrow for for its release schedule so that it can ideally be released on time in mid-February (hopefully we will finally see X.Org 7.6 before then too). This next X.Org Server release isn't particularly interesting but is more along the lines of a big maintenance update with some new fun on the input side.
30 November 2010 - X.Org Server 1.10 For Natty - 3 Comments

VA-API Support For Google Android Platform

We have been tipped off that a few VA-API patches have hit the upstream libva tree for furthering along Google's Android support for this video acceleration API. VA-API is arguably the second best video playback acceleration API available to Linux users, after the NVIDIA-created VDPAU.
28 November 2010 - Video Acceleration - 12 Comments

Why More Companies Don't Contribute To X.Org

Being brought up from the discussion surrounding the RadeonHD driver being vandalized, which wound up just being a prank by two X.Org developers to torment one of the former RadeonHD developers, was a discussion why more companies don't contribute back to X.Org. Do companies think the X.Org code is too hard? That it's not worth the time? Is it all politics?
27 November 2010 - A Discussion - 92 Comments

Vandalizing Open-Source Drivers?

Somebody with root access to the FreeDesktop.org server decided to vandalize the RadeonHD graphics driver in this Git commit. The make files were deleted and replaced with "It's dead, Jim" and a Git commit message line of "PERHAPS BONGHITS WILL FIX MY MAKEFILE." The supplied email address was "[email protected]"
23 November 2010 - From Root User - 51 Comments

Pixman 0.22 Is Getting More Performance Optimizations

It was less than one month ago that Pixman 0.20 was released with faster image scaling, faster affine transformations, ARM NEON improvements, and SSE2 back-end optimizations, among other new features. The first development release towards Pixman 0.22 has now been released and it too brings more performance optimizations.
17 November 2010 - Just Like The 0.20 Release

The X Input 2.1 Multi-Touch Implementation Is Here

Canonical's Chase Douglas has corralled Daniel Stone's X Input 2.1 Multi-Touch patches and have readied them for integration into the X.Org Server and related software components.
13 November 2010 - Patches Submitted - 3 Comments

X.Org 7.6 Release Candidate 1 Is Finally Here

Alan Coopersmith has announced the first release candidate of X.Org 7.6. Originally the X.Org 7.6 release was supposed to come in October, but that didn't happen and now into November we are finally seeing the first test katamari.
12 November 2010 - X11R76 On 11-11-2010

X.Org GSoC 2010 With KMS, Cairo, Etc. What Was Done?

Two days ago there were some ATI R300 GLSL compiler optimizations made to the open-source Radeon driver stack by Tom Stellar as part of his Google Summer of Code project as a student developer to improve the R300 GLSL compiler support. This code is still living in a branch outside of Mesa, but some progress has been made. Though the R300 GLSL compiler optimization work was just one of five projects that were part of the 2010 Google Summer of Code for X.Org. Here's a few words on the other student projects.
11 November 2010 - Sadly, Not Too Much - 9 Comments

Some Small Progress On Linux GPU Laptop Switching

A few weeks ago we reported that notebook hybrid graphics switching on Linux still sucks. For these newer laptops that boast dual GPUs -- an integrated low-power IGP and a more performance-oriented discrete GPU for demanding environments with switching between the two being done "seamlessly" in real-time based upon usage or via a hot-key -- the support under Linux is still virtually nonexistent. There is a crude form of Linux GPU switching, but for the most part it's not nearly up to par for what's available in Microsoft Windows 7 or Apple Mac OS X. The situation remains that way, but some small progress has been made.
9 November 2010 - Nothing Solid Though - 6 Comments

NVIDIA Puts Out New Fence Sync Patches

While NVIDIA may not be focusing upon supporting the Wayland Display Server at this time, they are continuing to focus upon improving the experience of their driver with the X.Org Server. Three months after putting out their most recent X Sync object patches, they are now out with a revised set.
9 November 2010 - For The X.Org Server

Intel Still Wants Xephyr, Willing To Maintain It

Haitao Feng, a software engineer at Intel China believed to be working on MeeGo, has come forward seeking clarification on the future of Xephyr and KDrive. Intel is still interested in Xephyr and Haitao is willing to maintain it, especially after doing work to add OpenGL acceleration to this KDrive-based X Server that targets a host on another X Server as it's frame-buffer.
4 November 2010 - Xephyr With GL Acceleration - 6 Comments

Pixman 0.20.0 Is Here With Performance Improvements

Just over a week ago we reported on Pixmain gaining improved gradients and is rendering much faster in the project's latest development release. Now this free software project that provides pixel manipulation capabilities for the X Server and Cairo, has reached its version 0.20.0 stable milestone.
28 October 2010 - Plus Gradient Improvements

X.Org Server 1.9.2 Should Be Here By Christmas

Apple's Jeremy Huddleston released X.Org Server 1.9.1 this past weekend, and now he has laid out plans for the next point release in the xorg-server 1.9 series. This release will carry the same type and quality of fixes as presented in X.Org Server 1.9.1 and should be released in December.
26 October 2010 - December Target

Intel, Radeon DRM Get Precise VBlank Timestamps

Mario Kleiner has published patches over the weekend that introduce precise vblank time-stamping support within the Linux kernel's DRM core and has implemented this support already within the Radeon and Intel kernel drivers too. The precise vblank timestamps and counting is needed by the DRI2 sync and swap extensions and in particular to conform with the OML_sync_control extension.
25 October 2010 - Sync and Swap - 8 Comments

Coming Soon: X.Org 7.6 Release Candidate

X.Org Server 1.9.1 was released yesterday, which led us to wonder about the status of the X.Org 7.6 katamari that was supposed to come at around the same time as this first stable point release. We hadn't heard anything about the X.Org 7.6 release schedule in weeks and before that the target to ship this grouped collection of X packages was mid-October, which has clearly passed.
24 October 2010 - This Coming Week

X.Org Server 1.9.1 Released By Apple's Huddleston

As we mentioned earlier, Apple's Jeremy Huddleston took over release management of the X.Org Server 1.9 series now that it's stable and will only receive bug-fixes from this point on. Meanwhile, Keith Packard and the gang of X.Org developers are focusing on X.Org Server 1.10 to have that ready by early next year. Jeremy Huddleston on this Saturday night has just made his first point release, X.Org Server 1.9.1.
23 October 2010 - Bug Fixes

Pixman Has Improved Gradients, Is Much Faster

While Cairo is frequently mentioned on Phoronix, mentioned less but used by Cairo (as well as the X.Org Server) for pixel manipulation is the Pixman library. Soeren Sandmann announced a new release candidate of Pixman 0.19.6 this afternoon and it has a few interesting changes worth noting.
20 October 2010 - Pixman 0.19.6 Release Candidate - 4 Comments

Multi-Touch For The X.Org Synaptics Driver

Takashi Iwai of Novell/SuSE has just published a series of 18 patches for the X.Org Synaptics input driver that primarily provides multi-touch support. There's also some fixes and other changes to this Synaptics driver for X, but the primary feature is the addition of multi-touch support under Linux (and other X.Org-using operating systems) for supported hardware.
8 October 2010 - Is Here, Finally - 11 Comments

X.Org Server 1.9.1 Is Approaching; RC1 Released

Under the release management of Apple's Jeremy Huddleston, the first release candidate for the first point release in the X.Org Server 1.9 series is now available. X.Org Server 1.9.1 will be the first update to X.Org Server 1.9, which was released in August, and should make it out around the same time as the X.Org 7.6 katamari release later in October.
3 October 2010 - Point Release

Running The X.Org Server Without Root Privileges

Besides talking about the X.Org Server development process and the X.Org Server 1.10 plans, Keith Packard also talked about not running the X.Org Server as root (also sometimes referred to as a "root-less X Server") during XDS Toulouse.
26 September 2010 - From XDS 2010 - 5 Comments

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