X.Org News Archives


1,160 X.Org open-source and Linux related news articles on Phoronix since 2006.

AMD Introduces New Hotplug Driver Option For The X.Org Server
AMD Introduces New Hotplug Driver Option For The X.Org Server

Currently when hot-plugging a new GPU to a running X.Org Server, the generic xf86-video-modesetting DDX driver ends up being utilized. However, a new "HotplugDriver" xorg.conf option has been introduced by AMD to allow users to specify their desired DDX driver. In turn this makes it possible for those hot-plugging hardware like AMD Radeon GPUs such as within eGPU enclosures to specify using the xf86-video-amdgpu driver instead.

17 November 2022 - HotplugDriver - 9 Comments
IceWM 3.1 Released For This Fast & Simple X11 Window Manager
IceWM 3.1 Released For This Fast & Simple X11 Window Manager

Earlier this month marked the release of IceWM 3.0 as this X11 window manager that has been around since the late 90's. IceWM 3.1 is now available with various fixes and minor additions -- including refinements to the tabbed windows support introduced in IceWM 3.0.

24 October 2022 - IceWM 3.1 - 23 Comments
Open-Source VIA Linux Driver Still Wants To Be Merged, But Pursuing Acceleration First
Open-Source VIA Linux Driver Still Wants To Be Merged, But Pursuing Acceleration First

The OpenChrome DRM driver has been in development for over a decade for providing open-source display driver support for VIA's aging x86 chipsets. For years now OpenChrome development has been down to one developer left on the project, Kevin Brace, and months ago he hoped to get the driver finally merged into the Linux kernel. He still holds out on those ambitions but will first aim to get basic acceleration working with a stable user-space API/ABI before mainlining.

8 October 2022 - OpenChrome DRM - 9 Comments
"xisxwayland" Version Two Released For This Simple X.Org Program
"xisxwayland" Version Two Released For This Simple X.Org Program

The X.Org project "xisxwayland" is out with a new version of this simple program that can be easily called by shell scripts and other simple uses for checking to see whether the running X.Org Server is a genuine X11 server or more commonly these days an XWayland server running within a Wayland environment.

24 August 2022 - X-Is-XWayland - 19 Comments
Linux VKMS Driver Patches Making It Easier To Build Your Own Virtual Graphics Devices
Linux VKMS Driver Patches Making It Easier To Build Your Own Virtual Graphics Devices

The VKMS driver within the Linux kernel allows for virtual kernel mode-setting as a software-only KMS/DRM driver that can be used for virtual testing purposes and other uses around headless systems. New patches out of Google are working on ConfigFS support for this virtual display driver and from there making it easy to build out your own virtual graphics device configuration with VKMS.

25 July 2022 - Linux VKMS - 6 Comments
Many Old X.Org Components Saw New Releases This Weekend
Many Old X.Org Components Saw New Releases This Weekend

While no new X.Org "katamari" releases are planned for a collection of all the X.Org component updates combined, this weekend longtime X.Org contributor Alan Coopersmith of Oracle issued many new updates to various old, seldom-maintained X.Org projects.

11 July 2022 - X.Org Still Kicking - 27 Comments
XWayland "Rootfull" Changes Merged For Running A Complete Desktop Environment
XWayland "Rootfull" Changes Merged For Running A Complete Desktop Environment

While XWayland is normally used just for running root-less single applications like games within an otherwise native Wayland desktop, new patches from Red Hat that have been merged into the X.Org Server enhance XWayland's existing "root-full" mode of operation for allowing entire desktop environments and window managers to nicely function within the context of XWayland.

1 July 2022 - XWayland Rootfull - 53 Comments
Libinput 1.20 Being Prepared With Improved High Resolution Scrolling
Libinput 1.20 Being Prepared With Improved High Resolution Scrolling

Libinput 1.19 launched last September with high resolution scroll wheel support finally in place while libinput 1.20 is in preparation for release that improves that functionality. Libinput 1.20 also makes other improvements to this widely-used input library on the Linux desktop that is leveraged by both X.Org and Wayland based environments.

4 February 2022 - libinput 1.20 - 11 Comments
Numerous Linux/X11 Display Drivers Can No Longer Even Properly Build
Numerous Linux/X11 Display Drivers Can No Longer Even Properly Build

While many Linux enthusiasts like to cite Linux's stellar support for older hardware platforms, in reality that isn't always the case. For instance with many old X.Org user-space mode-setting drivers for powering old graphics cards at least for display purposes, they can no longer even build with with modern toolchains / software components. Given the lack of bug reports around such issues, there are very likely few users trying some of these vintage hardware combinations.

31 January 2022 - xf86-video + xf86-input - 42 Comments
XWayland 22.1 Planned For Release Next Month

It's been almost one year already since the last XWayland standalone feature release separate from the X.Org Server codebase itself while now the next feature installment will soon be out.

10 January 2022 - XWayland 22.1 - 12 Comments
X.Org Server Hit By Its Latest Batch Of Security Vulnerabilities
X.Org Server Hit By Its Latest Batch Of Security Vulnerabilities

Given the age of the X.Org/X11 code-base security issues have become quite frequent. It was nearly a decade ago that the X.Org Server was considered a "security disaster" and a security researcher saying it's even worse than it looks. Today another batch of X.Org Server security vulnerabilities have been made public.

14 December 2021 - Input Side - 53 Comments
XWayland Adds Support For Touchpad Gestures

XWayland is increasingly great shape especially when it comes to fulfilling the needs of gamers with simply running games lacking native Wayland support with great speed. But when it comes to other use-cases there are occasionally gaps and areas not yet fulfilled by XWayland versus the conventional X.Org Server. One of the latest examples of a feature now correctly wired up is touchpad gesture handling.

5 December 2021 - XWayland + Touchpad Gestures - 4 Comments
X.Org Could Use More Help Improving & Addressing Its Security
X.Org Could Use More Help Improving & Addressing Its Security

Those reading Phoronix over the years likely know the X.Org Server has had an increasing number of vulnerabilities come to light in recent times and statements by security researchers like the security being even worse than it looks. Given the age of the X.Org/X11 codebase and many components being rather unmaintained these days, the security situation isn't that great combined with a lack of manpower. The security topic was under the spotlight today at the XDC2021 conference.

16 September 2021 - X.Org Security - 133 Comments
X.Org Server Adds "AsyncFlipSecondaries" To Deal With Crappy Multi-Monitor Experience

At the moment when running the X.Org Server in a multi-monitor configuration with displays of different refresh rates, it can lead to a poor experience with a variety of visual deficiencies when running an unredirected full-screen window with page-flipping for DRI3/Present. There is now a change that was merged into the X.Org Server with a new "AsyncFlipSecondaries" to improve that experience when running multiple displays of varying refresh rates.

9 September 2021 - AsyncFlipSecondaries - 64 Comments
X.Org Server 21.1 Development Snapshot Released

There hasn't been a major X.Org Server release since v1.20 three years ago and not much interest in seeing a new release with more Linux distributions switching to Wayland-based desktops and XWayland recently seeing its own standalone releases. But now there is an X.Org Server 21.1 development release as the first step towards a possible new stable release in the future.

5 July 2021 - X.Org Server 21.1 - 42 Comments

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