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CyberLink Announces Linux HD Video Player

CyberLink's proprietary PowerDVD player has been available on Linux for sometime -- and can even be purchased through the Ubuntu store -- but today they have kicked their Linux support up by a notch or two. They have announced this morning that PowerDVD Linux and PowerCinema are now available for Linux-powered netbooks (such as the ASUS Eee PC 901) and nettops. CyberLink is now supporting the playback of high-definition digital media content on these mobile Linux devices.
9 October 2008 - CyberLink Brings Two New Apps To Linux - 16 Comments

Mobile GPU Switching With X.Org & Linux?

One of the most recent innovations on the mobile front has been integrating two graphics processors into a notebook but not for binding them together via SLI or CrossFire but for real-time GPU switching. This technology though isn't supported on Linux, at least not yet.
6 October 2008 - Adam Jackson Talks About It - 5 Comments

X Server 1.5.1 Has Been Released

The X Server 1.4.1 bug-fix release came out 212 days later than anticipated and X Server 1.5.0 was released months later than scheduled. X.Org 7.4 in fact hasn't even been released yet and that was supposed to come back in May. However, just twenty days after X Server 1.5.0 was released, we now have X Server 1.5.1.
23 September 2008 - Still No X.Org 7.4... - 1 Comment

X Input 1.5 Gets Device Properties

X Server 1.5 was originally slated to receive XKB 2 and Xi 2, but these major input improvements ended up getting postponed until at least X Server 1.6. While X Server 1.5 was only released earlier this month (and X.Org 7.4 still has yet to be found), Intel is already calling for X Server 1.6 by year's end.
23 September 2008 - At Least Something's Happening

The Multi-Seat Display Manager

On behalf of the C3SL Multi-Seat Team, Paulo R. Zanoni has announced today on the X.Org mailing list the MDM, or Multi-Seat Display Manager. The Multi-Seat Display Manager isn't a new X Display Manager at all, but in fact it's a wrapper for the other managers out there such as GDM, KDM, and XDMCP. The MDM then configures the real display manager to use a multi-seat configuration, which dramatically simplifies the process for this once daunting process. The only burden placed upon the graphics card and X.Org graphics driver is support for RandR 1.2.
19 September 2008 - A New Display Manager? Nope. - 6 Comments

X.Org 7.5 May Be An April Fool's Joke

X.Org 7.4 was supposed to be released on September 10, but that didn't happen. Though our notes on the X.Org 7.4 release can be read here (the article was automatically published as I was traveling all day without Internet access, so I was wagering on not another delay). Today though Daniel Stone has laid out the plans for X.Org 7.5.
11 September 2008 - Daniel Stone Provides Release Plans - 4 Comments

X.Org 7.4 Release Planned For Sep 10

Mesa 7.1 was released near the end of August and X Server 1.5.0 was released just earlier this week, but the release of X.Org 7.4 consisting of all the latest X packages has yet to make it out the door.
6 September 2008 - X.Org 7.4 Coming Next Week - 1 Comment

XDS 2008 Day 3 Audio Recordings

Below are the Ogg recordings from the third and final day of the 2008 X Developers' Summit. Most notably on this day, Keith Packard talked about X Server 1.6 features and his plans to release it this year as well as clarifying his GEM/UXA work and making other comments. Also discussed were DRI2 and Red Hat's Plymouth.
6 September 2008 - Keith Packard & Others

Closing X Developer Summit 2008 Notes

Aside from the short X Server 1.6 release plans and clarifying UXA+EXA, there are a few other notes to share from this afternoon's X.Org/Intel talk.
5 September 2008 - XDS 2008 Day 3 Notes - 5 Comments

Intel Calls For X Server 1.6 This Year

While X Server 1.5.0 was finally released this week without X.Org 7.4, Keith Packard is calling for the release of X Server 1.6 this year. Due to Intel's customers needing some of the newest X features, Keith Packard has stepped up to be the release manager for X Server 1.6 and he will be running this release cycle on a strictly time-based schedule.
5 September 2008 - Keith Packard Wants New X Server Already - 11 Comments

XDS 2008 Day 2 Audio Recordings

Now available are the audio recordings from the second day of XDS 2008 where a Gallium3D status update was provided along with Intel's Graphics Execution Manager and a variety of other topics such as open-source Radeon graphics, Intel community testing, and GLSL.
4 September 2008 - What Did The X.Org Developers Say?

X.Org Developers Raid The Zoo

Activities for the second day of the 2008 X Developers' Summit are now over. The day ended with the X developers in attendance receiving a private tour of the Edinburgh Zoo, the venue for this event.
4 September 2008 - Edinburgh Zoo Filled With X Hackers - 4 Comments

Intel Provides Update, Plans For GEM

Intel's Eric Anholt just finished speaking at the 2008 X Developers' Summit about video memory management. Specifically, Eric was talking about GEM, or the Graphics Execution Manager, that came about as a result of concerns that arose about Tungsten's TTM. GEM is now the kernel memory manager they are focusing their open-source development work on for the xf86-video-intel driver and is what they hope will become the de facto standard for memory management.
4 September 2008 - Eric Anholt Talks Memory Management - 1 Comment

XDS 2008: GLSL, Radeon, Graphics Testing

This morning Tungsten Graphics was speaking at XDS 2008 about the status of Gallium3D. However, the rest of the day is filled with a variety of other OpenGL and graphics related talks. Intel's Gordon Jin had talked about Intel's community testing process, Jerome Glisse had talked about a few aspects of the open-source Radeon drivers, and Ian Romanick just gave a talk on GLSL (GL Shading Language).
4 September 2008 - More X Developer Summit Notes - 7 Comments

X Server 1.5.0 Is Now Released!

Adam Jackson has just announced the release of the much anticipated X Server 1.5.0. This is the key component that will make up X.Org 7.4, which we expect to see released (hopefully) this week during the X Developer Summit. The X Server 1.5.0 release announcement can be read on the mailing list, while we'll have a full run-down on X.Org 7.4 as soon as it's released.
3 September 2008 - X.Org 7.4 Finally Nears Emergence - 14 Comments

X Developer Summit 2008 Starts

The 2008 X Developer Summit has started this morning. However, as there is no Internet connection here other than a single 3G cell connection for 30 people, the audio recordings and Phoronix content will not be uploaded until later today.
3 September 2008 - XDS 2008 Starts At The Zoo - 3 Comments

XDS 2008, With Input & GL Happiness Days

There's just about thirteen hours until the 2008 X Developers' Summit gets underway at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland. While attendance is low and the program was just getting thrown together at the last minute, it looks like everything will work out.
2 September 2008 - XDS 2008 Starts Tomorrow - 3 Comments

Mandriva Improves Silicon Motion Driver

Along with VIA releasing a new open-source X.Org video driver, there is work underway on improving the status of another open-source graphics driver. Silicon Motion is perhaps more obscure than VIA Technologies when it comes to integrated graphics, but they primarily specialize in low-power graphics chips for tablet PCs.
30 August 2008 - Mandriva Takes Aim At Silicon Motion - 5 Comments

XDS 2008 Quickly Approaching

XDS 2008 is happening next week in Edinburgh, Scotland as the X.Org Foundation's second conference for the year. Since last week when last mentioning XDS 2008, there have been a few more attendee confirmations but it still looks like this event will be slightly underpopulated. The good news though is that the program is still getting more talks towards the last minute.
30 August 2008 - X.Org Developers In Edinburgh - 3 Comments

A GEM-ified TTM Manager For Radeon

Back in May when X.Org developers were voicing concerns about Tungsten's TTM as being the kernel memory manager used for graphics drivers, Keith Packard had unveiled the work Intel had been doing for an alternate kernel memory manager. This memory manager they call GEM, or the Graphics Execution Manager, is a competing solution but it has some advantages such as being simpler to develop drivers around (A Technical Explanation of Intel's GEM). Intel then continued in throwing out their TTM code and merging GEM to master.
26 August 2008 - Kernel Memory Manager Work Continues - 19 Comments

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