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Why Canonical Is Using Android Drivers For Ubuntu Mir

With Canonical's Mir Display Server for future releases of Ubuntu Linux, they are supporting Android's graphics layer and drivers rather than inventing their own solution, trying to push X.Org drivers, or demanding mobile graphics drivers modelled after the desktop Linux graphics stack. Why did they do this? Here's an explanation.
8 April 2013 - Android & Mir - 33 Comments

Atari, Amiga Improvements For X.org Xfbdev

A set of 18 patches were published on Wednesday to improve the X.Org's Xfbdev frame-buffer device X server for old Atari and Amiga hardware.
28 March 2013 - Support Improvements - 1 Comment

The X.Org Foundation Is Undecided About Mir

The X.Org Foundation hasn't firmly decided on their position of Canonical's Mir Display Server versus Wayland.
18 March 2013 - Mir vs. Wayland - 106 Comments

GLAMOR Acceleration Might Work On Newer X.Org

The widely-believed thought was X.Org Server 1.13 (or newer) wasn't working with the GLAMOR acceleration library to run 2D over OpenGL. GLAMOR is explicitly needed for AMD Radeon HD 7000 series acceleration support while it's an optional feature to the Intel driver. It turns out, however, that GLAMOR might already work with the latest X.Org Server.
12 March 2013 - X.Org Server - 26 Comments

Intel X.Org Driver Update Gets New Features

Chris Wilson of Intel OTC announced the release of the xf86-video-intel 2.21.4 X.Org driver on Monday morning. This new driver has clumsy PowerXpress integration, run-time detection of available CPU instruction sets, Haswell fix-ups, and more work on the SNA acceleration architecture.
11 March 2013 - xf86-video-intel 2.21.4 - 10 Comments

KMS Drivers To Unseat FBDEV For Embedded Linux

Laurent Pinchart talked at last month's Embedded Linux Conference about kernel mode-setting (KMS) and how it's beginning to unseat FBDEV for the dominant kernel display API for embedded systems.
9 March 2013 - KMS API

Ubuntu 13.04 Won't Get X.Org Server 1.14

Some of the X/Mesa plans for Ubuntu 13.04 and the future of Ubuntu graphics were announced today. Mesa 9.1 is coming but Ubuntu 13.04 won't be getting X.Org Server 1.14, in part due to Canonical's focus on Mir.
6 March 2013 - Ubuntu 13.04 - 12 Comments

A KMS Driver Finally Comes For QEMU/QXL

David Airlie has published a Linux kernel mode-setting driver for the QXL virtual hardware device that's available via QEMU for virtualized environments.
6 March 2013 - QXL KMS - 5 Comments

X.Org Server 1.14 "Keemun Mao Feng" Released

Version 1.14 of the widely-used X.Org Server was released on Wednesday morning. While this is a six-month update to the X.Org Server, this time around it isn't a hugely exciting update.
6 March 2013 - Keemun Mao Feng - 5 Comments

Ubuntu Announces Mir, A X.Org/Wayland Replacement

Canonical has lift the lid on Mir, it's name for the display server they are designing in-house. Mir will replace the X.Org Server on Ubuntu and it's not based upon Wayland or any other existing display server project.
4 March 2013 - Display Server - 154 Comments

The X.Org Server Development Process Might Change

Days after the X.Org Server development process was questioned, a new proposal has come about for the way that the xorg-server Git repository is managed with new development activity.
2 March 2013 - X.Org Server - 1 Comment

Nouveau vs. Radeon 2D Graphics Performance

Earlier today were the results from a 9-Way Low-End NVIDIA/AMD GPU Comparison On Open-Source Drivers using the open-source Radeon and Nouveau Gallium3D drivers. For those more concerned about the 2D Linux desktop performance, here are some results for reference.
27 February 2013 - Comparison - 3 Comments

X.Org Server Development Process Is Questioned

For the past few years the X.Org Server has managed to get back on track for being released bi-annually and without too many delays. However, the server has also fallen into a habit where it's being released without all of the "blocker bugs" being cleared.
24 February 2013 - X Server - 48 Comments

X.Org: "2013 Will Be The Year Of Mobile Wayland"

The 2013 State of X.Org Report has been issued by Bart Massey on the behalf of the X.Org Foundation. There isn't too much new information out of this brief report, but they may be doing less X.Org "katamari" releases or abandon this process all together. The annual report also expresses a belief that 2013 may be the year of "Mobile Wayland."
22 February 2013 - X.Org State - 14 Comments

DRI3000 (DRI3) Begins To Take Shape Again

Immediately following XDC2012 there was a lot of talk about "DRI3", but nothing materialized in time for the forthcoming X.Org Server 1.14 release. The DRI3 plans haven't died off but now Keith Packard is talking about this next Direct Rendering Infrastructure update as DRI3000.
20 February 2013 - DRI3 Forming - 12 Comments

X.Org Server 1.14 Is Being Readied For Release Soon

The second release candidate of X.Org Server 1.14 is now available ahead of the official release in a few weeks time.
14 February 2013 - X.Org Server 1.14 - 5 Comments

Atomic Page-Flipping & Mode-Setting Get Ready For Linux

Last weekend at FOSDEM 2013 there was an update on atomic page-flipping and mode-setting.
9 February 2013 - DRM Work - 1 Comment

David Airlie Talks About RandR 1.4, Reverse PRIME

Aside from the real story behind Wayland and X, another Linux graphics focused presentation at LCA 2013 was by David Airlie talking about his work on RandR 1.4 / PRIME.
6 February 2013 - Features - 8 Comments

Handling Overlays & Input With Wayland's Weston

This year during the X.Org development track at FOSDEM 2013 were just two talks concerning Wayland. One talk covered input with the Weston reference compositor while the other covered using hardware overlays for Weston.
6 February 2013 - FOSDEM 2013 - 8 Comments

Development Pace Of X.Org Is On The Decline

Donnie Berkholz presented at FOSDEM 2013 with various X.Org statistics and a look at the health of the development community. Not counting just the X.Org Server but also related components within the X.Org umbrella, the pace of development appears to be on the decline.
6 February 2013 - X.Org - 13 Comments

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