Intel Calls For X Server 1.6 This Year
Phoronix: Intel Calls For X Server 1.6 This Year
While X Server 1.5.0 was finally released this week without X.Org 7.4, Keith Packard is calling for the release of X Server 1.6 this year. Due to Intel's customers needing some of the newest X features, Keith Packard has stepped up to be the release manager for X Server 1.6 and he will be running this release cycle on a strictly time-based schedule. X Server 1.6 will ship with the revised DRI2 infrastructure, RandR 1.3, and X Input 2 (if it's ready in time) or X Input 1.5 with device properties...
Is free software really free?
I know, this is an old question. But I'm getting to think free software isn't going to stay free for long. Yeah, of course, there are the free licenses which prevent "the bad guys" to take the good developer's work away without even saying "thank you but we don't need you anymore".
But now, the independent developers who work at the kernel are no more than 15% altogether. And while QT/KDE is running quite fast fueled by Nokia's gold, GTK/Gnome is going down supported by nobody.
And looking pragmatically by an user's point of view, X.org spent these years fixing and refixing old VESA from 1993, making some unsuccessful reverse engineering on newer stuff, and almost nothing else. Things are getting better (we hope) now that Intel's getting the lead... but what if Intel will change their mind, turn back to their old "our IP is extremely sacre, we won't share a single line of code or spec to you any more, the other guys want to pay for them why on earth we should give them to you for free?" Will X.org get on for the years to come with the last freelicensed code and specs, de-facto unable to support newer hardware, and make the Linux desktop look the poor choice again?
Is free software really free, after all?