A Recap Of XDC2017: Advancing Wayland, Mesa & Yes The X.Org Server
In case you are behind on your Phoronix reading and were not watching last week's XDC2017 livestreams, highlights included:
- The X.Org Foundation is now officially a Khronos adopter.
- Plans to release X.Org Server 1.20 in January with many new features.
- Nouveau developers expressing their frustration in NVIDIA effectively blocking this open-source driver effort for newer GPUs due to not providing all the needed signed firmware while also not providing much in the way of technical support either.
- But NVIDIA made progress on their server-side GLVND work to allow multiple X drivers to happily co-exist and power different X screens.
- As well, NVIDIA is prepping the Linux desktop for HDR displays.
- Also on the NVIDIA side, more work on their Unix device memory allocator API.
- The work being led by Keith Packard on better supporting VR HMDs on Linux.
- The sad state of open-source OpenCL.
- An update on Intel GVT for virtualization mediated pass-through support for Xen and KVM with Intel graphics.
- Work still being done on open-source VIA / OpenChrome support.
- The continued open-source Linux graphics progress.
- Broadcom open-source graphics are working for VC4 and enablement is underway on next-gen VC5 graphics.
- Valve performance tuning with GPUVis particularly around Radeon graphics at this point.
And much more happened at XDC2017 during their event at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA.