X.Org Server 1.16 Lands Officially In Ubuntu 14.10

Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 12 September 2014 at 01:39 PM EDT. 5 Comments
After writing earlier this week about a new AMD Catalyst driver paving the way for X Server 1.16 in Ubuntu 14.10, the updated packages have officially landed within the Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" archive.

The updated AMD Catalyst driver has xorg-server 1.16 ABI compatibility, which for weeks was blocking X.Org Server from being updated in Ubuntu to avoid forcing users to run the open-source AMD driver, etc. Now that AMD sent over this updated driver that has yet to be publicly launched on AMD.com, Canonical went ahead and pushed down the X.Org Server 1.16 update and the updated DDX input/video drivers with compatibility for the new server. Those packages are now in the official Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic" package archive for anyone doing daily testing of the distribution.

From the user-submitted failed X.Org logo ideas.

X.Org Server 1.16 has many new features ranging from XWayland support to a built-in, optimized GLAMOR 2D acceleration implementation. It's great that the code finally landed for Ubuntu 14.10, two months after it was officially released as stable.

The xorg-server in Utopic is currently labeled as version 2:1.16.0-1ubuntu1. Today and through the weekend I'll be running some 1.15 vs. 1.16 GLAMOR benchmarks and other interesting X.Org tests.
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