X.Org Server 21.1 Released With Variable Rate Refresh In Modesetting Driver, Other Work

Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 27 October 2021 at 01:33 PM EDT. 22 Comments
X.Org Server 21.1 is now officially available as this first xorg-server update in three years and what began development as X.Org Server 1.21 prior to the versioning change.

X.Org Server 21.1 brings GLAMOR acceleration for the Xvfb, Variable Rate Refresh (VRR / FreeSync / Adaptive-Sync) support within the generic xf86-video-modesetting driver assuming the underlying DRM/KMS kernel driver supports VRR, much better Meson build system support, X Input 2.4 is integrated that adds support for touchpad gestures, the DMX DDX (Distributed Multihead X) code has been removed, improved display DPI reporting, and a wide variety of other minor improvements and bug fixes.

With XWayland having been spun out for its own standalone XWayland releases, that code is no longer included in these tagged X.Org Server releases but is distributed separately. It's on the XWayland side where most of the interesting X.Org happenings have been in recent times.

X.Org Server 21.1 has taken more than three years to surface due to lack of interest from upstream developers in managing a new release with most Linux desktops transitioning to Wayland-based desktops by default and thus caring only about XWayland. It is thanks to developer Povilas Kanapickas for stepping up and making this X.Org Server 21.1 release come together over the past few months.

The brief X.Org Server 21.1 release announcement can be read on the xorg mailing list.
Related News
About The Author
Michael Larabel

Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 20,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter, LinkedIn, or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.

Popular News This Week