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Peter Hutterer, the mastermind behind Multi-Pointer X, has released the draft specification for the X Input 2.0 protocol.
13 January 2009 - X Input 2.0 Coming With X Server 1.7 - 3 Comments
The outlook turned grim for meeting the X Server 1.6 release schedule when no release candidate was out by Christmas (and we still have yet to see any tagged RC) and then when the final release date passed with no X Server 1.6 in sight. Nothing had been committed to the X Server 1.6 repository since the middle of December, but we are finally seeing some activity this afternoon.
9 January 2009 - Still Not Out Yet Though...
During the last X Developers' Summit that took place at the Edinburgh Zoo, Keith Packard called for X Server 1.6 to be released by the end of 2008. Once the release schedule was set though, the final ship date for X Server 1.6.0 was the 5th of January. Well, today's the day and there is no release.
5 January 2009 - Is Anyone Surprised? - 18 Comments
If you happen to be using a Silicon Motion GPUs, there's good news with its latest open-source driver update. A Mandriva engineer has released xf86-video-siliconmotion 1.7.0, which adds in some significant features. The capabilities of RandR 1.2 (including the rotation mode) are finally supported by this graphics driver along with dual-head support.
30 December 2008 - Plus Dual Head And New ASICs - 7 Comments
While Tungsten's Gallium3D architecture is still a ways out from being used by most open-source graphics drivers and then being picked up by end-users, it continues to pickup new technical features. Corbin Simpson and Stephane Marchesin that work on the Radeon and Nouveau projects, respectively, have been working to building LLVM back-ends for Gallium3D. Corbin is a step closer to getting his LLVM compiler working: it now builds, but it ends with a segmentation fault.
28 December 2008 - Compiles, But Seg Faults - 11 Comments
The X Server 1.6 release schedule called for the first release candidate to come about two weeks after the second beta. We ended up getting a third beta but more than two weeks have now passed and there is no X Server 1.6 release candidate available. It should have arrived earlier this week, but there hasn't even been any Git activity to the server-1.6-branch in nine days.
25 December 2008 - Merry Christmas - 3 Comments
A month ago S3 announced the Chrome 500 GPU along with what we called a magical Linux driver. In the press release for this budget graphics card, S3 Graphics mentioned this product can handle Blu-Ray playback, DirectX 10.1, and OpenGL 3.0 applications on both Windows and Linux. Their previous binary Linux drivers have been less than pleasing and there isn't even an official Blu-Ray player on Linux. NVIDIA has been the only manufacturer to deliver OpenGL 3.0 support on Linux thus far.
23 December 2008 - All They Have Out Is Crap - 3 Comments
In time for the holidays and the forthcoming release of X Server 1.6 next month, a horde of X.Org driver updates were released. David Airlie has announced new versions of xf86-video-trident, xf86-video-apm, xf86-video-ast, xf86-video-chips, xf86-video-glint, xf86-video-neomagic, xf86-video-sis, xf86-video-tseng, xf86-video-tdfx, xf86-video-s3, xf86-video-ark, and xf86-video-s3virge. Peter Hutterer announced a new version of xf86-input-vmmouse.
22 December 2008 - In Time For X Server 1.6 - 4 Comments
Late last month RandR 1.3 with panning support arrived and was committed to the forthcoming X Server 1.6 release. Many drivers have picked up the RandR 1.3 support presented thus far, but now the properties support has finally landed for version 1.3 of the Resize and Rotate extension.
18 December 2008 - Woohoo, Resize and Rotate Fun
With the grunt of the development efforts on the Linux 2.6.28 kernel winding down, soon the merge window for Linux 2.6.29 will open and that's where Intel is prepared to (finally) commit the kernel mode-setting framework and code that supports their hardware to the mainline Linux kernel. With this milestone finally coming, Intel's Jesse Barnes has updated libdrm with the needed files.
17 December 2008 - New DRM Files Hit Master - 9 Comments
For those still living in XFree86 land, version 4.8.0 of this X Window System implementation is now available. This is the first major update to XFree86 in about a year and a half, but with changes that aren't too exciting and have already been available through X.Org.
15 December 2008 - For Those Not Using X.Org - 9 Comments
There seemed to have been little buzz generated by this announcement when it first came about, but Tungsten Graphics has been acquired by VMware. They were acquired in late November for undisclosed terms and their only news mention of this acquisition is below (from their website).
14 December 2008 - A Little While Ago
Keith Packard pushed in 22 new commits to the server-1.6-branch of the X Server Git repository last night and then tagged X Server 1.6 Beta 3. This update is mostly made up of RandR 1.3 work along with a few commits related to X Input and DRI2.
10 December 2008 - -ati and -intel Now Have Panning
Following a slight delay, Keith Packard has now tagged the second beta for X Server 1.6 in its git repository branch. Recent the 1.6 server has received updated documentation (just man pages), an upgraded dependence on dri2proto for the continued DRI2 work, and various X Input and XQuartz improvements. The commits to the server 1.6 branch are available through cgit.
3 December 2008 - Keith Packard Tags It - 10 Comments
Luc Verhaegen has announced today that the X.Org Foundation will once again have a development room at next year's FOSDEM. The Free Open-Source Developers' European Meeting is taking place on the 7th and 8th of February in Brussels, Belgium.
2 December 2008 - We'll Be Covering Them
As part of his work on Multi-Pointer X, Peter Hutterer had developed the Generic Event Extension for X.Org, or commonly referred to as XGE. The X Generic Event Extension makes it possible for clients to reuse a single event opcode, which is needed with MPX since the X Server is currently limited to supporting only 64 opcodes between all X extensions.
1 December 2008 - It Will Ship With X Server 1.6
RandR 1.3, the first major update to the X.Org Resize and Rotate extension since it picked up support for display hot-plugging and other goodies, has been finalized. RandR 1.3 has been in planning since last year, but over the past few weeks has really come together and is now ready for introduction in X Server 1.6.
28 November 2008 - X.Org Gives Birth To RandR 1.3 - 14 Comments
X Server 1.6, the update to the X Server for X.Org 7.4 that Intel had called for by year's end, has just experienced a minor setback. The release schedule that came about two weeks ago had put the release branching and initial test release to occur on the 24th of November. However, the beta 1 release has been pushed back by a few days.
26 November 2008 - Though Is That A Surprise? - 2 Comments
Ten days ago we launched our 2008 Graphics Survey to poll Linux users on the graphics hardware they use, which of the drivers they depend upon, and X.Org-related features they are most interested in. This survey data is used not only for us, but for the respective developers as well to get a better understanding of how the Linux community at large is shaping. This is in continuation of our 2007 Linux Graphics Survey with those results being available here.
25 November 2008 - Take The Phoronix Survey
In addition to being responsible for Multi-Pointer X, Peter Hutterer has also been working a fair bit on the evdev driver as of late. Evdev is the generic X.Org input driver and in the most recent release that occurred yesterday it has picked up a few new key features.
19 November 2008 - EvDev 2.1 Brings Input Fun - 7 Comments
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