X.Org Server 1.15 is still expected to be officially released next month and with it comes DRI3, the GLX rewrite, and other new features. The second release candidate to version 1.15 is now available.
The Gate One HTML5-powered terminal emulator and SSH client that goes without needing any browser plug-ins and supports many SSH/terminal features is working on bringing X11 support to the web-browser. The developer claims that this X11 support in the browser written in HTML5 will be fast enough to support video playback and he's made a video demo as proof.
In case you missed it yesterday with announcing the X.Org Server 1.15 release candidate, XWayland nor XMir will be found in the next major update.
Keith Packard put out the first release candidate to X.Org Server 1.15 this morning. The merge window is now over and a number of new features ended up getting merged for this delayed released.
X.Org Server 1.15 is now under a feature-freeze but just before that happened, DRI3 support including the new Present Extension, was merged.
X.Org Server 1.15 hasn't been too exciting with not many prominent changes, but just ahead of the closure of the merge window, but the GLX rewrite has landed. The GLX rewrite will simplify the X.Org Server's use of OpenGL and drops a whole lot of code in the process.
With the new Mesa mega-driver concept that fundamentally changes how the Mesa drivers are built, a new DRI entry point is going to be used by the drivers and dropping the old entry point. As a result, the X.Org Server is being updated in advance to be able to support the new Mesa.
Red Hat's Adam Jackson has volleyed his GLX rewrite patch series onto the X.Org developers' list to solicit feedback and testing on his latest project.
Keith Packard of Intel has released another X.Org Server 1.15 development version and is preparing more of his DRI3 infrastructure changes.
Red Hat's Adam Jackson has proposed a set of ten XWayland patches that be merged into the mainline X.Org Server. These changes lay the groundwork for merging the rest of the X.Org Server changes for supporting this X11 compatibility layer to Wayland.
Broadening the scope of the graphics driver / display subsystem coverage at the annual Free Open-Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM), the X.Org "Dev Room" is now going to be known as the Graphics Dev Room for better acknowledging and welcoming projects like Mir and Wayland.
An X.Org security advisory was issued this week in regards to authenticated X clients being able to cause the X Server to use memory after it was freed. This particular use-after-free memory issue, which could lead to a system crash and memory corruption, has been present in every X11/X.Org Server release going back to September of 1993.
At the XDC2013 X.Org conference it was decided to postpone the X.Org Server 1.15 release until year's end to let more features land. Keith Packard has now gone ahead and merged some of the new code and issued a new development release.
While the Mir Display Server and the Wayland protocol are widely viewed as the next-generation display technologies for Linux systems, there's already been delays with Mir and Wayland hasn't yet been widely adopted. Even if/when Mir and Wayland manage to lift off, the X.Org Server won't suddenly die and will be supported for years to come.
The X.Org Developers' Conference (XDC) 2013 conference took place at the start of the week in Portland, Oregon. As usual, there's a number of Phoronix articles to go over in detail the many interesting presentations that took place this week concerning the X.Org Server, Mesa / Gallium3D graphics drivers, Mir, Wayland, and related Linux graphics initiatives.
It was nearly one year ago to the week that DRI3 (a.k.a. "DRI3000") was proposed during XDC2012. Now this week during XDC2013, Keith Packard has provided a status update on his pet project.
While most developers are focused around new innovations for Wayland (or Mir), there's still life ahead for the X.Org Server in maintaining legacy support and other cases where the xorg-server will not die for years to come. In improving the X.Org Server, Adam Jackson at Red Hat has been working on rewriting the GLX portion of the X.Org Server.
Mir was discussed briefly at this week's X.Org Developers' Conference by a Canonical employee.
Should the X.Org Foundation go ahead and be merged into a larger organization, they have their eyes on SPI.
While X.Org Server 1.15 was planned for release in September with the usual release cadence for X.Org updates, this isn't going to happen. X.Org Server 1.15 is going to be delayed until there's more interesting code merged.
One of the GSoC projects this summer for X.Org was implementing X-Video acceleration support using the OpenGL-based GLAMOR acceleration library.
For the X.Org Developers' Conference that's happening next week, XDC2013, the program of selected talks has now been announced.
There's just one week to go until the 2013 X.Org Developers' Conference gets underway in Portland, Oregon.
The experimental DRM render nodes support will be merged into the Linux 3.12 kernel. This work is a GSoC success story and makes it possible for Linux GPGPU compute support without needing an active display/compositor and ultimately for having multi-seat computing off a single display controller and another benefit is efficient compositor stacking.
The X.Org Foundation has lost its 501(c)(3) non-profit status and is now seeking new options, including possibly joining a larger organization.
The XPRA project provides a means of having "persistent remote application" support for X11 applications atop an X.Org Server. This allows for X applications to live on even if the connection to the server has been dropped.
For those curious about learning more information on Keith Packard's work for DRI3 (DRI3000), he presented at the 2013 DebConf and the video recording is now available.
With the ongoing X.Org work for DRI3, the latest revision to the Direct Rendering Infrastructure, there is a Present Extension, but it looks like a new name is needed.
While there's an X.Org 7.8 Wiki page that mentions planned features like XWayland integration and video driver hot-plugging, there isn't active work towards putting out the X.Org 7.8 katamari nor specifically on delivering these mentioned features.
The X.Org Developers' Conference is already coming up next month and there's a lot of interesting topics to be discussed from DRM security to Mesa to reverse-engineering NVIDIA GPUs.
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