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XDS 2008 In Less Than Two Weeks

As a reminder, there's about a week and a half now until XDS 2008. The 2008 X Developers' Summit is taking place in Edinburgh, Scotland from the 3rd to 5th of September. This is the first X.Org conference since XDC 2008 back in April. Unfortunately though, as of today the attendance count is still a bit low and there are few planned talks.
24 August 2008 - Low Attendance, Few Planned Talks - 7 Comments

X Gets Predictable Pointer Acceleration

X.Org 7.4 / X Server 1.5 has experienced an incredibly long delay in getting out the door. It was originally supposed to ship in February, then May, and now its stagnate until Mesa 7.1 ships. It looks like it will be a late August or early September release, which is almost a year after X.Org 7.3 had shipped.
15 August 2008 - X Server 1.6 Oicks Up A New Feature

SIGGRAPH 2008 Graphics Coverage

Taking place this week in Los Angeles, California is SIGGRAPH 2008, which is one of the best and most well known graphics conferences. We aren't attending this conference, but the biggest news to have come out of it so far this week has been the OpenGL 3.0 (and GLSL 1.30) release. There is quite a bit of negative feedback surrounding OpenGL 3.0 as it's failed to deliver on what was previously promised by the Khronos Group and those involved with the OpenGL design process. However, plenty of other events have taken place at SIGGRAPH too.
14 August 2008 - Here's Some Coverage For You - 2 Comments

X.Org 7.4 To Lose DRI2 Support

It's six months late and X.Org 7.4 still hasn't shipped as its being held up on the release of Mesa 7.1. Hopefully though we'll see the release of Mesa 7.1, X.Org 7.4, and the X Server 1.5 in the very near future. However, there has been some last minute bloodshed before this first major X Server release in nearly a year. It appears that DRI2, which was first proposed back at 2007 X Developers' Summit, will be dropped from the X Server 1.5 series.
4 August 2008 - GEM vs. TTM Battle Causes DRI2 Bloodshed - 38 Comments

X Developers' Summit 2008 Details

Last week from OSCON 2008 we reported that the 2008 X Developers' Summit (XDS) would be taking place from the 3rd to 5th of September, not the 10th to 12th as was shared at XDC. Now this week Daniel Stone has shared more details on XDS2008, which now is only about a month away.
31 July 2008 - XDS 2008 Details Finally Emerge - 1 Comment

X.Org Server 1.4.99.906 Released

X.Org 7.4 / X Server 1.5 is running months behind schedule, but now holding up its release is Mesa 7.1 or there the lack of. However, Adam Jackson has pushed out a new X Server 1.5 development release with a few more changes while waiting for this updated Mesa release.
23 July 2008 - Still No X.Org 7.4 Final, Yet...

The Status Of DRI2, GEM, KMS, Etc...

Later this week at OSCON 2008, Intel's Keith Packard will be talking about the Linux desktop when it comes to X.Org, Mesa, and related areas. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the talk will be that technical (unless of course you haven't been staying up to date on our graphics articles), but today he has provided an in-depth blog posting. In this post, Keith provided his take on the current status of X when it comes to output technologies.
21 July 2008 - Keith Packard Starts Talking - 6 Comments

X Devs Drop NVIDIA Auto-Config Support

Sparking a heated Sunday afternoon debate, NVIDIA's Aaron Plattner had commited a trivial change to the X Server that resulted in several key open-source X developers becoming disgruntled. Ultimately, this NVIDIA-spawned patch ended up being recalled just hours later.
20 July 2008 - What Is Right For The End User? - 48 Comments

Compiz Support For Multi-Pointer X

In May we shared that Multi-Pointer X (or MPX for short) was entering the mainline X server. While it was merged to master that month, X Server 1.5 was already branched out and therefore it won't appear in X.Org 7.4, but it will appear in X Server 1.6 (X.Org 7.5) until next year.
9 July 2008 - Compiz Core Hacked For XI2 Support - 8 Comments

An Update On Generic GPU Video Decoding

One of Google's Summer of Code projects this year is to bring hardware-based video acceleration to Linux with Gallium3D. The advantage of this design is that the implementation is designed to be universal to any driver using Gallium3D, which for now is largely just the Nouveau driver and an experimental Intel version.
8 July 2008 - Gallium3D-based Video Decoding Accel - 10 Comments

libdrm Updated For X.Org 7.4, Mesa 7.1

As we mentioned yesterday when X Server 1.5 RC4 was released (only to be outdone by 1.5 RC 5 that same day), this new version of the X Server (and therefore X.Org 7.4) requires building against the latest Mesa code that ultimately will become known as Mesa 7.1. In addition to needing the latest-and-greatest from Mesa, a new version requirement for libdrm is also in place. The Direct Rendering Manager library is now at version 2.3.1 and that or a newer version (to come) will be needed for X Server 1.5 / X.Org 7.4. David Airlie's change-log for libdrm 2.3.1 just says "Stuff changed - you need this for Mesa 7.1, and Xorg 1.5 Deal with it." No GEM or TTM code is present in this DRM point-release. However, Intel will be rolling the Graphics Execution Manager into libdrm 2.4 very shortly.
1 July 2008 - libdrm 2.3.1 With "Stuff changed"

X Server Oops, Another Release Today

The much-delayed X Server 1.5 RC4 (v1.4.99.904) release made it out today, but it's already being replaced by a newer version. No, there wasn't a big development marathon today or anything spectacular, but X Server 1.4.99.904 got pushed out with a show-stopping bug. The XInput ABI (for the non-programmers, the Application Binary Interface) number went with version 3.1, when it was supposed to be 2.1. Keith Packard had also squeezed in a change for wrapping AddTraps in EXA and Damage.
30 June 2008 - That's What Happens With ABI Breaks - 1 Comment

X Server 1.4.99.904 Released

The development cycle for X.Org 7.4 has stretched on for months longer than anticipated, and earlier this month it sounded like X.Org 7.4 would end with a quick release, but still it's being dragged out longer. This morning the release manager for X.Org 7.4, Adam Jackson, had announced the release of X Server 1.4.99.904. This is another development release -- equivalent to a Release Candidate 4 -- before X Server 1.5.0 is ready for X11R74.
30 June 2008 - Will X.org 7.4 Come In July? - 1 Comment

Coming To A Desktop Near You: X.Org 7.4

The last day and a half has been filled with X.Org articles at Phoronix... Yesterday was X Server 1.4.1, today was X Server 1.4.2, and in just a few days we will now see X Server 1.5.0. X Server 1.5.0 and X.Org 7.4 were expected to be released in tandem earlier this year, but its February then May release date had slipped with no official word of when a release would be out. There were a total of four development releases planned prior to X Server 1.5.0, and we've only had two of them so far. However, Adam Jackson has made it known on the X.Org mailing list that X.Org 7.4 will soon be released.
11 June 2008 - X.Org 7.4 To Be Cut Close - 4 Comments

X.Org Releases X Server 1.4.2

It took more than 200 days for X Server 1.4.1 to be released, but X Server 1.4.2 is coming just about 24 hours after yesterday's release 1.4.1. This release is coming along quickly as Matthieu Herrb had shared multiple vulnerabilities in the X Server extensions. Three of these CVEs have to do with the RENDER extension while the other two fixed in X Server 1.4.2 are for memory corruption with the RECORD and Security extensions and an MIT-SHM arbitrary memory read. The X Server 1.4.2 release announcement can be read on the xorg mailing list.
11 June 2008 - Just A One Day Release...

Multi-Pointer X Merged To X.Org Master

Earlier this month we reported at Phoronix that Multi-Pointer X was going mainline with the planned merge to master date being the last week of May. Peter Hutterer has remained on track with this goal and as of last night, Multi-Pointer X (or MPX for short) can now be found in the X Server master branch. However, as Daniel Stone was busy with the Debian-OpenSSL fiasco (and maybe working on X Server 1.4.1), the new version of XKB has yet to reach master.
27 May 2008 - MPX Will Be In X.Org 7.5 - 1 Comment

Intel's Graphics Execution Manager

Amid the on going discussion right now surrounding the TTM memory manager, Intel's Keith Packard has announced another new project that picks up another acronym. The Graphics Execution Manager, or gem for short, that as Keith explains, "It takes the lessons we've learned from TTM and constructs just the API we need to implement the dri_bufmgr interface." That may not sound interesting to an end-user, but through the use of this Intel Graphics Execution Manager, the Intel i915 Linux performance has been improved by 50% in OpenArena and glxgears is running 60% faster. However, this Intel gem doesn't take advantage of features found in newer Intel IGPs (GMA 3000 / i965 series) quite yet. In Keith's mailing list announcement he goes on to explain the technical workings of the Graphics Execution Manager as well as its API.
14 May 2008 - Keith Packard's Newest X Goodie - 6 Comments

Developers Voice Concerns About TTM

If you're interested in the internal workings of X.Org and Linux graphics drivers, you may want to read the latest discussion going on the DRI mailing list that concerns the TTM memory manager. Thomas Hellstrom of Tungsten Graphics had asked what is stopping TTM from going in the mainline kernel, which led David Airlie to chime in on its current lack of open-source drivers utilizing this memory management system (really just the Intel driver at this point) and thoughts from other developers. Some feel TTM is too oriented towards its usage on Windows and they have other technical hard-feelings towards this Tungsten Graphics creation. Read the thread on dri-devel.
14 May 2008 - TTM Memory Manager For Graphics

X Developers To Meet At The Zoo

The 2008 X Developers' Conference wrapped up today at the Googleplex in California. With it being the last day of the conference, there isn't much information to share judging by the XDC Notes, compared to the first two days. There is, however, tentative information regarding this year's X Developers' Summit. XDS 2007 was in Cambridge (UK), but XDS 2008 will be taking place at the conference facilities found inside the Edinburgh Zoo. This X.Org conference is tentatively scheduled from the 10th to 12th of September. Fitting well with Linux developers, this Scottish zoo does have both King and Gentoo Penguins.
18 April 2008 - XDS 2008 Is At The Edinburgh Zoo

XDC 2008: Radeon, RandR 1.3, & More

The second day of XDC 2008 was filled with quite a bit of technical information (as you can see from the Wiki notes page) ranging from the DRI2 infrastructure and talking about its event ring buffer and simpler DDX driver requirements to discussing video playback APIs. However, there are a few bits of information that are relevant to the community at large.
18 April 2008 - XDC Day Two Has Technical Talks

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