The X.Org Server Video ABI Gets Bumped
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 1 May 2014 at 08:34 PM EDT. Add A Comment
Following the recent concerns about breakage with the X.Org Server 1.16 ABI, upstream developers have gone ahead and bumped the video driver ABI version.

The recent issues were expressed by NVIDIA and come from a change to the cursor handling with X.Org Server 1.16, which will be released around July of this year. A late change broke the video API/ABI driver interfaces and expressed concern to the open-source graphics driver developers. The issue was of concern since it came after the code freeze for X.Org Server 1.16.

In the end, the video driver ABI ended up being bumped to v18 from version 17 to acknowledge the cursor interface breakage.

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