Last month at the X Developer Summit in Cambridge, Eric Anholt, Adam Jackson, and Daniel Stone had talked about the future of X.Org releases for the next year. Over the weekend, Daniel Stone had updated the XDS 2007 Notes at X.org with the latest plans for X.Org 7.5. The current schedule for X.Org include the X server 1.4.1 release coming out on the first of November followed by X server 1.5.0 in March of 2008. Planned for X.Org 7.4 and X server 1.5 is XGE, XACE, RandR 1.3, PCI rework, XKB 2, _X_EXPORT, DRI memory manager, GLX 1.4, and Glucose.
On the X.Org mailing list, Alan Coopersmith had raised concerns over the release criteria for X11 and how with recent releases (namely X.Org 7.3), the de facto standard for making a release was far from being met. Alan, Sun's X engineer, had listed the release criteria as the blocker bug list being cleared, the complete tree/release modules being build-able on at least one platform, XTS successfully running on at least one platform, and the documentation being updated and then released. X.Org 7.3 was released eight days late and failed to fully meet any of the requirements -- some X.Org 7.3 driver packages didn't even build against the respective X server.
The open-source RadeonHD driver that is even supports the Radeon HD 2900XT has continued over the past few days with a number of changes. Among these changes has been adding identification support for new GPUs (including the Apple MacBook Pro 2.2), removing some experimental checks, adding the conntest utility, and this morning AMD's AtomBIOS parser was merged into the xf86-video-radeonhd git tree. This AtomBIOS parser was written internally at AMD but is now available as open-source code. Check out the RadeonHD git code if you want to try out an open-source driver for ATI's R500 and R600 graphics processors.
Well, the delay we told you yesterday ended up being a one-day delay. As of this morning, X.Org 7.3 and X server 1.4 have been officially released. You can find the download details and other information on the X.Org Wiki.
X.Org 7.3 and X server 1.4 were originally scheduled for release towards the end of August, but bugs had pushed back its release to September 5. Well, the day is now over and X.Org 7.3 is not to be found. The 7.3 release tracker bug still has eleven bugs currently outstanding. The X.Org mailing list hasn't announced a new release date yet. Additional information on X.Org 7.3 is available from its Wiki page and our X.Org 7.3 Preview.
If you haven't noticed, the release of X.Org 7.3 has been delayed by at least a week. Eric Anholt, the X.Org 7.3 release manager, had pushed the X.Org 7.3 release back by at least a week due to show-stopping bugs. Eric has set the new X.Org 7.3 release date for September 5th. At present there are about seven bugs holding up this release. Additional information can be found on the X.Org mailing list.
X.Org 7.3 will be released later this month, and now Daniel Stone has updated the X.Org Wiki with a page for the X.Org 7.4 release. With the six month release cycle, X.Org 7.4 is planned for release in February of 2008. Some of the features so far on their planning page includes Multi-Pointer X which provides multiple cursor support, support for UnixWare, SELinux security module, and a Solaris Trusted Extensions security module. The two security modules will use XACE (X Access Control Extension). Find out more on the Wiki.
It's been all quiet on the XGI front for quite a while with most of their talent having been acquired by ATI last year, but Ian Romanick has announced today on his new blog that XG40 DRM support has been added to the mainline tree. Graphics cards that use the XGI XG40 GPU include the Volari V3EX, V3XT, V5, and V8. Now you can use the open-source DRM and DDX from the FreeDesktop.org git and with the closed-source DRI can now have acceleration with the different XG40 graphics cards. Due to licensing restrictions from SGI, XGI Technology cannot open the code to the DRI driver.
X.Org 7.2 has finally shipped with improvements on stability, correctness fixes, improved auto-configuration options, enhanced support for Compiz and Beryl, and much more. More information is available in the X11R72 Press Release.
A third and final release candidate has been issued today by X.Org in the X11R72 branch. While X11R72 final was supposed to be out towards the end of November, it has now slipped to December 11. The changes in X.Org 7.2 RC3 are minimal. Updated since X.Org 7.2 RC2 is XCB, libX11, libXfont, libpthread-stubs, rendercheck, sessreg, twm, util-macros, xdm, xfs, xf86-video-i128, xf86-video-mga, xf86-video-nv, xf86-video-s3, xf86-video-sis, xf86-video-tdfx, xf86-video-vesa, and xorg-server. This release candidate can be found on the mailing list.
X.Org Foundation has today announced the release of X11R7.1. X.Org v7.1 is a modularized roll-up release that comes five months after the X11R7.0 release. Some of the improvements include new embedded server and driver features, 64-bit platforms, enhanced operating system support, and accelerated indirect GLX support. X 7.1 also demonstrates the benefits of modularization. More on this is available in the X.Org press release.
Adam Jackson has passed along word that X.Org v7.1 is pretty much done at this point and is expected for release on Monday, May 22, 2006. Meanwhile, X.Org v7.2 already has a tentative release date of November 17, 2006. The first branch nomination for X.Org v7.2 is on September 15, and then the first release candidate is expected for presentation on October 6. Look for the X.Org v7.1 release coming out this Monday.
Yet another announcement on this popular news day is the release of XFree86 4.6.0. Improvements are made in XFree86 4.6.0 for driver updates, fixes, various enhancements, Xinerama, and a great deal of other items. More on the XFree86 is available in the release notes.
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