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Helge Bahmann talked about bringing multimedia and audio extensions into the X Server this morning at FOSDEM. Helge talked about this topic last year at FOSDEM, but in the past year he has made more progress in this area. No multimedia extensions are yet present in the mainline X Server, but his code is working to varying degrees based upon the situation. This code is also utilizing some existing X functionality already.
8 February 2009 - It's Proposed & Is Working - 9 Comments
The Free Open-Source Developers' European Meeting is taking place this weekend in Brussels, Belgium. There is a series of dedicated development talks taking place on both days for X.Org on topics ranging from kernel mode-setting to LLVM and Gallium3D to memory management. At Phoronix we will be providing recordings of these talks that will be accessable online. We hoped to have these recordings up in a near real-time manner, but due to the Internet connection at FOSDEM not being ideal this year, that isn't taking place. We hope to have up the video recordings and notes from our talks within a couple days (but hopefully not that long).
7 February 2009 - X.Org Recordings Coming Soon - 1 Comment
The xf86-input-synaptics driver, which is used as the touch-input driver for many notebooks, has reached version 1.0.0. Worth noting in this release is improved device auto-scaling and support for input device properties. The improved device auto-scaling should give supported touch-pads a more unified feel without needing to do any manual configurations. Should you need to configure your Synaptics touch-pad, the input device properties support makes it possible without having to enable SHM config.
2 February 2009 - xf86-input-synaptics 1.0.0
RandR 1.3 has come together for the X Server 1.6 release with namely new properties and panning support. Besides this update to the Resize and Rotate extension for the X.Org Server, xrandr, the command-line utility for controlling RandR-capable drivers/hardware, has been receiving improvements as well.
1 February 2009 - New Development Release Of XRandR - 4 Comments
X Server 1.6 was supposed to be out nearly a month ago, but today we are finally getting closer to nearing this much anticipated release. Intel's Keith Packard has announced the second release candidate for X Server 1.6.0. The RC2 release is arriving almost three weeks after the first release candidate was made available. Fixed in this release is a few RandR and input changes, but a majority of the work deals with Apple's XQuartz in the server.
31 January 2009 - When Will Final Be Out? - 4 Comments
NVIDIA has already released quite a few Linux drivers this year already that improve their VDPAU support and stabilize their OpenGL 3.0 implementation. Yesterday AMD had then released its first proprietary Linux driver of 2009 that brought OpenGL 3.0 support. While both sides are off to a good start, what else do you want to see from them and their drivers in 2009?
30 January 2009 - Tell Us Your Thoughts - 75 Comments
For those that haven't noticed or have forgot, X Server 1.6, which was the update Intel wanted out by the end of 2008, still hasn't been released. The latest schedule for X Server 1.6.0 called for a January 5th release, but that had simply passed by and there wasn't even a release candidate.
27 January 2009 - It's Still Not Out, Yet - 8 Comments
It's less than a month away until FOSDEM, the annual Linux European meeting for developers, is held in Brussels, Belgium, but the list of X.Org-related talks is beginning to be finalized.
15 January 2009 - It's Coming Soon!
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
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