Keith Packard Talks About Sustaining X11's Development

Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 18 September 2015 at 08:42 AM EDT. 8 Comments
While many users and developers out there are looking for a time when Wayland rules the Linux desktop, Keith Packard remains focused on bettering X11/X.Org and keeping it going.

With Keith Packard having been working on X since the late 80's and is serving as the current X.Org Server release manager, he certainly has a vested interest in keeping X going, particularly after the round of modernization work over the past few years of kernel mode-setting, DRI3, moving towards hardware-independent drivers like xf86-input-libinput and xf86-video-modesetting, etc. He remains focused on making the X.Org Server better.

While Keith is no longer at Intel but back at HP to work on Linux++ / The Machine, he was at XDC2015 talking about sustaining X development.

Among the lessons learned that he mentioned about X.Org development were GPL licenses are better than BSD, network-based collaboration works, build the simplest possible solution, and make it extensible.
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