X Server 1.5 was originally slated to receive XKB 2 and Xi 2, but these major input improvements ended up getting postponed until at least X Server 1.6. While X Server 1.5 was only released earlier this month (and X.Org 7.4 still has yet to be found), Intel is already calling for X Server 1.6 by year's end.
On behalf of the C3SL Multi-Seat Team, Paulo R. Zanoni has announced today on the X.Org mailing list the MDM, or Multi-Seat Display Manager. The Multi-Seat Display Manager isn't a new X Display Manager at all, but in fact it's a wrapper for the other managers out there such as GDM, KDM, and XDMCP. The MDM then configures the real display manager to use a multi-seat configuration, which dramatically simplifies the process for this once daunting process. The only burden placed upon the graphics card and X.Org graphics driver is support for RandR 1.2.
X.Org 7.4 was supposed to be released on September 10, but that didn't happen. Though our notes on the X.Org 7.4 release can be read here (the article was automatically published as I was traveling all day without Internet access, so I was wagering on not another delay). Today though Daniel Stone has laid out the plans for X.Org 7.5.
Mesa 7.1 was released near the end of August and X Server 1.5.0 was released just earlier this week, but the release of X.Org 7.4 consisting of all the latest X packages has yet to make it out the door.
Below are the Ogg recordings from the third and final day of the 2008 X Developers' Summit. Most notably on this day, Keith Packard talked about X Server 1.6 features and his plans to release it this year as well as clarifying his GEM/UXA work and making other comments. Also discussed were DRI2 and Red Hat's Plymouth.
Aside from the short X Server 1.6 release plans and clarifying UXA+EXA, there are a few other notes to share from this afternoon's X.Org/Intel talk.
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.
Now available are the audio recordings from the second day of XDS 2008 where a Gallium3D status update was provided along with Intel's Graphics Execution Manager and a variety of other topics such as open-source Radeon graphics, Intel community testing, and GLSL.
Activities for the second day of the 2008 X Developers' Summit are now over. The day ended with the X developers in attendance receiving a private tour of the Edinburgh Zoo, the venue for this event.
Intel's Eric Anholt just finished speaking at the 2008 X Developers' Summit about video memory management. Specifically, Eric was talking about GEM, or the Graphics Execution Manager, that came about as a result of concerns that arose about Tungsten's TTM. GEM is now the kernel memory manager they are focusing their open-source development work on for the xf86-video-intel driver and is what they hope will become the de facto standard for memory management.
This morning Tungsten Graphics was speaking at XDS 2008 about the status of Gallium3D. However, the rest of the day is filled with a variety of other OpenGL and graphics related talks. Intel's Gordon Jin had talked about Intel's community testing process, Jerome Glisse had talked about a few aspects of the open-source Radeon drivers, and Ian Romanick just gave a talk on GLSL (GL Shading Language).
Adam Jackson has just announced the release of the much anticipated X Server 1.5.0. This is the key component that will make up X.Org 7.4, which we expect to see released (hopefully) this week during the X Developer Summit. The X Server 1.5.0 release announcement can be read on the mailing list, while we'll have a full run-down on X.Org 7.4 as soon as it's released.
The 2008 X Developer Summit has started this morning. However, as there is no Internet connection here other than a single 3G cell connection for 30 people, the audio recordings and Phoronix content will not be uploaded until later today.
There's just about thirteen hours until the 2008 X Developers' Summit gets underway at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland. While attendance is low and the program was just getting thrown together at the last minute, it looks like everything will work out.
Along with VIA releasing a new open-source X.Org video driver, there is work underway on improving the status of another open-source graphics driver. Silicon Motion is perhaps more obscure than VIA Technologies when it comes to integrated graphics, but they primarily specialize in low-power graphics chips for tablet PCs.
XDS 2008 is happening next week in Edinburgh, Scotland as the X.Org Foundation's second conference for the year. Since last week when last mentioning XDS 2008, there have been a few more attendee confirmations but it still looks like this event will be slightly underpopulated. The good news though is that the program is still getting more talks towards the last minute.
Back in May when X.Org developers were voicing concerns about Tungsten's TTM as being the kernel memory manager used for graphics drivers, Keith Packard had unveiled the work Intel had been doing for an alternate kernel memory manager. This memory manager they call GEM, or the Graphics Execution Manager, is a competing solution but it has some advantages such as being simpler to develop drivers around (A Technical Explanation of Intel's GEM). Intel then continued in throwing out their TTM code and merging GEM to master.
As a reminder, there's about a week and a half now until XDS 2008. The 2008 X Developers' Summit is taking place in Edinburgh, Scotland from the 3rd to 5th of September. This is the first X.Org conference since XDC 2008 back in April. Unfortunately though, as of today the attendance count is still a bit low and there are few planned talks.
X.Org 7.4 / X Server 1.5 has experienced an incredibly long delay in getting out the door. It was originally supposed to ship in February, then May, and now its stagnate until Mesa 7.1 ships. It looks like it will be a late August or early September release, which is almost a year after X.Org 7.3 had shipped.
Taking place this week in Los Angeles, California is SIGGRAPH 2008, which is one of the best and most well known graphics conferences. We aren't attending this conference, but the biggest news to have come out of it so far this week has been the OpenGL 3.0 (and GLSL 1.30) release. There is quite a bit of negative feedback surrounding OpenGL 3.0 as it's failed to deliver on what was previously promised by the Khronos Group and those involved with the OpenGL design process. However, plenty of other events have taken place at SIGGRAPH too.
It's six months late and X.Org 7.4 still hasn't shipped as its being held up on the release of Mesa 7.1. Hopefully though we'll see the release of Mesa 7.1, X.Org 7.4, and the X Server 1.5 in the very near future. However, there has been some last minute bloodshed before this first major X Server release in nearly a year. It appears that DRI2, which was first proposed back at 2007 X Developers' Summit, will be dropped from the X Server 1.5 series.
Last week from OSCON 2008 we reported that the 2008 X Developers' Summit (XDS) would be taking place from the 3rd to 5th of September, not the 10th to 12th as was shared at XDC. Now this week Daniel Stone has shared more details on XDS2008, which now is only about a month away.
X.Org 7.4 / X Server 1.5 is running months behind schedule, but now holding up its release is Mesa 7.1 or there the lack of. However, Adam Jackson has pushed out a new X Server 1.5 development release with a few more changes while waiting for this updated Mesa release.
Later this week at OSCON 2008, Intel's Keith Packard will be talking about the Linux desktop when it comes to X.Org, Mesa, and related areas. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the talk will be that technical (unless of course you haven't been staying up to date on our graphics articles), but today he has provided an in-depth blog posting. In this post, Keith provided his take on the current status of X when it comes to output technologies.
Sparking a heated Sunday afternoon debate, NVIDIA's Aaron Plattner had commited a trivial change to the X Server that resulted in several key open-source X developers becoming disgruntled. Ultimately, this NVIDIA-spawned patch ended up being recalled just hours later.
In May we shared that Multi-Pointer X (or MPX for short) was entering the mainline X server. While it was merged to master that month, X Server 1.5 was already branched out and therefore it won't appear in X.Org 7.4, but it will appear in X Server 1.6 (X.Org 7.5) until next year.
One of Google's Summer of Code projects this year is to bring hardware-based video acceleration to Linux with Gallium3D. The advantage of this design is that the implementation is designed to be universal to any driver using Gallium3D, which for now is largely just the Nouveau driver and an experimental Intel version.
As we mentioned yesterday when X Server 1.5 RC4 was released (only to be outdone by 1.5 RC 5 that same day), this new version of the X Server (and therefore X.Org 7.4) requires building against the latest Mesa code that ultimately will become known as Mesa 7.1. In addition to needing the latest-and-greatest from Mesa, a new version requirement for libdrm is also in place. The Direct Rendering Manager library is now at version 2.3.1 and that or a newer version (to come) will be needed for X Server 1.5 / X.Org 7.4. David Airlie's change-log for libdrm 2.3.1 just says "Stuff changed - you need this for Mesa 7.1, and Xorg 1.5 Deal with it." No GEM or TTM code is present in this DRM point-release. However, Intel will be rolling the Graphics Execution Manager into libdrm 2.4 very shortly.
The much-delayed X Server 1.5 RC4 (v22.214.171.1244) release made it out today, but it's already being replaced by a newer version. No, there wasn't a big development marathon today or anything spectacular, but X Server 126.96.36.1994 got pushed out with a show-stopping bug. The XInput ABI (for the non-programmers, the Application Binary Interface) number went with version 3.1, when it was supposed to be 2.1. Keith Packard had also squeezed in a change for wrapping AddTraps in EXA and Damage.
The development cycle for X.Org 7.4 has stretched on for months longer than anticipated, and earlier this month it sounded like X.Org 7.4 would end with a quick release, but still it's being dragged out longer. This morning the release manager for X.Org 7.4, Adam Jackson, had announced the release of X Server 188.8.131.524. This is another development release -- equivalent to a Release Candidate 4 -- before X Server 1.5.0 is ready for X11R74.
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