A Recap Of XDC2017: Advancing Wayland, Mesa & Yes The X.Org Server

Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 25 September 2017 at 12:00 AM EDT. 4 Comments
The annual X.Org Developers' Conference wrapped up on Friday as the meeting of key contributors to components including the xorg-server, Wayland, Mesa, and other crucial components of the Linux desktop stack.

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.
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