Earlier this month we had shared the progress of X.Org 7.4 with the features slated to be included in this next X release, what features have been postponed, and the repeated delays that always seem to plague the X.Org development community. Since then there still has yet to be any official update on its status, but the Wiki continues to claim a May 2008 release. Fortunately, yesterday Adam Jackson stepped up again and released a number of X package updates, which places us a bit closer to reaching this much-delayed release.
Makes me kinda sad that there are so few Xorg developers that the release will get a one year delay
I'm actually kind of glad they don't release new major versions every other month. IMHO more projects have to slow down when releasing new versions. Fix the existing bugs before slapping in more features to further complicate the process.
It is all well and good to have slow or few releases in a year, but I still think that it is a bad situation when features are cut and the realease is still delayed. Frankly it should be one or the other
It's indeed a volunteer effort, but the time line pressure makes for a worse release experience in my opinion, there's tons of projects that just bears the traditional phrase 'when it's done' and, in this case, I think it would be better for Xorg.
Once I pinged the xorg mailing list for a report on the status for 1.4.1 release, and it was nice because it ended generating a bit of traffic, but that's not enough... polling is not a bad method for requesting some real progress, but definitely not a solution. The real solution? just let them release the drivers and make the releases as soon as they're ready.
But don't take me wrong... it would be great if they could fit the release planning criteria, but they actually fail because some drivers are broken, discussions on whether the Xorg tree should be merged (ala Kernel or XFree86 to be more graphics-wise) or not, and a variety of reasons that slow down the actual progress... a good work for their part? absolutely. a good work on their planning? absolutely not.