With Canonical's Mir Display Server for future releases of Ubuntu Linux, they are supporting Android's graphics layer and drivers rather than inventing their own solution, trying to push X.Org drivers, or demanding mobile graphics drivers modelled after the desktop Linux graphics stack. Why did they do this? Here's an explanation.
A set of 18 patches were published on Wednesday to improve the X.Org's Xfbdev frame-buffer device X server for old Atari and Amiga hardware.
The X.Org Foundation hasn't firmly decided on their position of Canonical's Mir Display Server versus Wayland.
The widely-believed thought was X.Org Server 1.13 (or newer) wasn't working with the GLAMOR acceleration library to run 2D over OpenGL. GLAMOR is explicitly needed for AMD Radeon HD 7000 series acceleration support while it's an optional feature to the Intel driver. It turns out, however, that GLAMOR might already work with the latest X.Org Server.
Chris Wilson of Intel OTC announced the release of the xf86-video-intel 2.21.4 X.Org driver on Monday morning. This new driver has clumsy PowerXpress integration, run-time detection of available CPU instruction sets, Haswell fix-ups, and more work on the SNA acceleration architecture.
Laurent Pinchart talked at last month's Embedded Linux Conference about kernel mode-setting (KMS) and how it's beginning to unseat FBDEV for the dominant kernel display API for embedded systems.
Some of the X/Mesa plans for Ubuntu 13.04 and the future of Ubuntu graphics were announced today. Mesa 9.1 is coming but Ubuntu 13.04 won't be getting X.Org Server 1.14, in part due to Canonical's focus on Mir.
David Airlie has published a Linux kernel mode-setting driver for the QXL virtual hardware device that's available via QEMU for virtualized environments.
Version 1.14 of the widely-used X.Org Server was released on Wednesday morning. While this is a six-month update to the X.Org Server, this time around it isn't a hugely exciting update.
Canonical has lift the lid on Mir, it's name for the display server they are designing in-house. Mir will replace the X.Org Server on Ubuntu and it's not based upon Wayland or any other existing display server project.
Days after the X.Org Server development process was questioned, a new proposal has come about for the way that the xorg-server Git repository is managed with new development activity.
Earlier today were the results from a 9-Way Low-End NVIDIA/AMD GPU Comparison On Open-Source Drivers using the open-source Radeon and Nouveau Gallium3D drivers. For those more concerned about the 2D Linux desktop performance, here are some results for reference.
For the past few years the X.Org Server has managed to get back on track for being released bi-annually and without too many delays. However, the server has also fallen into a habit where it's being released without all of the "blocker bugs" being cleared.
The 2013 State of X.Org Report has been issued by Bart Massey on the behalf of the X.Org Foundation. There isn't too much new information out of this brief report, but they may be doing less X.Org "katamari" releases or abandon this process all together. The annual report also expresses a belief that 2013 may be the year of "Mobile Wayland."
Immediately following XDC2012 there was a lot of talk about "DRI3", but nothing materialized in time for the forthcoming X.Org Server 1.14 release. The DRI3 plans haven't died off but now Keith Packard is talking about this next Direct Rendering Infrastructure update as DRI3000.
The second release candidate of X.Org Server 1.14 is now available ahead of the official release in a few weeks time.
Last weekend at FOSDEM 2013 there was an update on atomic page-flipping and mode-setting.
Aside from the real story behind Wayland and X, another Linux graphics focused presentation at LCA 2013 was by David Airlie talking about his work on RandR 1.4 / PRIME.
This year during the X.Org development track at FOSDEM 2013 were just two talks concerning Wayland. One talk covered input with the Weston reference compositor while the other covered using hardware overlays for Weston.
Donnie Berkholz presented at FOSDEM 2013 with various X.Org statistics and a look at the health of the development community. Not counting just the X.Org Server but also related components within the X.Org umbrella, the pace of development appears to be on the decline.
The Linux graphics driver stack remains currently insecure with some fundamental issues that jeopardize the Linux desktop's integrity, but improvements are still being made to address the current issues.
While xf86-video-sunxifb sounds like an old X.Org driver from the Sun Microsystems days for some obscure SPARC system, this driver is a fork of the xf86-video-mali DDX driver. What makes this ARM X.Org graphics driver interesting is that it promises better performance on the Allwinner A10/A13 SoC compared to the ARM vendor's official driver.
Aside from the load of miscellaneous X.Org package updates, VMware has released updates to their important X.Org driver components for input and graphics when it comes to Linux guests on their virtualization products.
A large set of X11/X.Org components have seen new release updates in the past few days.
The X.Org state tracker target, which allows for providing basic 2D/EXA acceleration with the X.Org Server over GPU shaders using a generic Gallium3D state tracker, is no longer supported by the R300 Gallium3D driver. Support has been eliminated and the X.Org state tracker targets for other Gallium3D drivers might also be dropped.
For those developers wishing to dive into the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) world on Linux, committed to the libdrm tree are improved man pages that cover various areas of this key component to the open-source Linux graphics stack.
There's less than a month to go until FOSDEM 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. The X@FOSDEM developers meeting of X.Org stakeholders will once again be taking place at this leading annual open-source conference for Europeans. Here's an interview with Luc Verhaegen sharing about what he'll be talking about with his Lima driver project.
The xf86-video-modesetting 0.6.0 driver has been released with support for virtual connectors and a couple of bug-fixes.
Keith Packard announced the end of new development for X.Org Server 1.14 and has tagged xorg-server 1.14 Release Candidate 1.
A complete but experimental implementation of "render nodes" for the open-source Linux graphics stack has been published. After being discussed in months prior for advancing the Linux graphics stack to take care of some security holes, this render node implementation is slowly but surely nearing a state for merging to mainline.
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