X.Org News Archives
X11 Library Sees Lots Of Fixes With libX11 1.7 Release

It's been seven years since the release of libX11 1.6.0 for this central X11 library while on Friday was replaced by the libX11 1.7 series. The release is primarily made up of fixes but leading to the version bump is a new API that allows for applications to recover from I/O error conditions rather than being forced to exit.

21 November 2020 - libX11 1.7 - 22 Comments
Adam Jackson On The State Of The X.Org Server In 2020

Adam Jackson who on Red Hat's Graphics Team served as the X.Org Server release manager for many years and being heavily involved in the xorg-server development and related components as shared his views on whether the X.Org Server is "abandonware."

28 October 2020 - Abandonware? - 147 Comments
X.Org Is Getting Their Cloud / Continuous Integration Costs Under Control

You may recall from earlier this year that the X.Org/FreeDesktop.org cloud costs were growing out of control primarily due to their continuous integration setup. They were seeking sponsorships to help out with these costs but ultimately they've attracted new sponsors while also better configuring/optimizing their CI configuration in order to get those costs back at more manageable levels.

18 September 2020 - Expensive Cloud - 6 Comments
Microsoft Has A Large Presence At This Year's X.Org Conference

Years ago if saying Microsoft would have multiple developers presenting at the annual X.Org Developers' Conference (XDC) as well as being a sponsor, you'd probably raise some laughs. But this year for XDC2020 Gdansk (albeit virtual due to COVID-19), Microsoft engineers gave not just one talk but three on the opening day.

17 September 2020 - XDC 2020 + Microsoft - 45 Comments
X.Org Server 1.20.9 Released With Numerous XWayland Fixes

With no one stepping up to manage the X.Org Server 1.21 release, the two year old X.Org Server 1.20 series continues seeing new point releases, particularly with 1.21 being out of the scope already for having the chance to appear in the major H2'2020 Linux distribution releases. X.Org Server 1.20.9 is the newest point release out today in shipping fixes.

26 August 2020 - xorg-server 1.20.9 - 45 Comments
X.Org's Latest Security Woes Are Bugs In LibX11, Xserver

The X.Org/X11 Server has been hit by many security vulnerabilities over the past decade as security researchers eye more open-source software. Some of these vulnerabilities date back to even the 80's and 90's given how X11 has built up over time. The X.Org Server security was previously characterized as being even worse than it looks while today the latest vulnerabilities have been made public.

31 July 2020 - CVE-2020-14344 - 39 Comments
Intel Developer Posts Latest Patch For Variable Refresh Rate Within X.Org Modesetting

With Intel supporting Adaptive-Sync/VRR with Gen11+ graphics and these days with effectively only supporting xf86-video-modesetting for X.Org-driven Linux desktops rather than their basically dead xf86-video-intel driver, the Intel open-source Linux developers continue working on plumbing variable refresh rate support into this generic modesetting DDX.

11 June 2020 - xf86-video-modesetting VRR - 16 Comments
Adaptive-Sync/VRR Seeing Port To xf86-video-modesetting Driver

Currently if wanting to use Adaptive-Sync/FreeSync variable refresh rate support of the AMDGPU DRM kernel driver you need to be using the xf86-video-amdgpu X.Org driver for proper handling as well, but a port of the DDX bits to the generic xf86-video-modesetting driver is in the works.

25 May 2020 - FreeSync - 15 Comments
X.Org Board Elections Wrap Up For 2020

The X.Org Board of Directors elections wrapped up this week with four new members now serving this organization that oversees the X.Org Server, Mesa, Wayland, and other critical Linux desktop infrastructure.

30 April 2020 - X.Org Board of Directors - 42 Comments
X.Org AutoRepeat Option Restored After 14 Year Hiatus

The X11 AutoRepeat option is for setting the auto repeat behavior of a keyboard to engage a configurable number of times a key will repeat per second after crossing a configurable delay threshold. While somewhat of an obscure feature, AutoRepeat is coming back after being on hiatus since 2006.

13 April 2020 - Xorg AutoRepeat - 34 Comments
X.Org Saw A Lot Of Work In The 2010s Even With Wayland Taking Off

Here's a look back at the most popular news over the past decade on X.Org out of our one thousand plus articles on the topic during the 2010s. Even with Wayland taking off in recent years and effectively reaching parity to the X.Org Server for common use-cases, the X.Org Server has continued seeing new development especially in the areas of GLAMOR and XWayland. Sadly though we're ending the 2010s without a major stable release of the xorg-server since May 2018.

28 December 2019 - X.Org 2010s - 18 Comments

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