X.Org Server Lands More Mode-Setting/GLAMOR Improvements, But No Sign Of 1.18

Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 30 June 2015 at 09:14 AM EDT. 1 Comment
More features have landed within the mainline X.Org Server code-base in Git, but unfortunately it seems the 1.18 release is misaligned and isn't going on as originally discussed.

Back in early January, Keith Packard talked of doing X.Org Server 1.18 on a quicker release cycle than the six-month cadence they had been pursuing regularly up to this point. As there was already outstanding feature work ready to be merged for xorg-server 1.18, Keith talked of potentially doing a short release cycle for 1.18.

Well, we're now six months past that announcement and five months since the X.Org Server 1.17 release and there are no signs of shipping an expedited release and even now they may have a tough time sticking to a six-month window if they're still to branch the code, carry out several release candidates, etc.

As of writing, no test releases of X.Org Server 1.18 have been released nor has the code been branched. However, more features are at least continuing to land. Over night a number of GLAMOR and mode-seting changes did get pushed into the code-base.

The latest 1.18 features in Git are output master support for the mode-setting driver, reverse PRIME support for the mode-setting driver, and page-flipping support for the mode-setting driver when using the DRI3 Present extension. These latest improvements in particular should let the generic mode-setting driver work better with USB graphics adapters.

Other work previously merged into Git for X.Org Server 1.18 has been more GLAMOR optimizations and the latest and greatest RandR. Soon as we have any more information on the X.Org Server 1.18 release plans, we'll certainly pass them along on Phoronix.
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