Linked by David Adams on Wed 10th Sep 2008 15:43 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
X11, Window Managers It has been one year and four days since X.Org 7.3 was released and a number of months since X.Org 7.4 was supposed to be released, but today X.Org 7.4 is scheduled to finally make it out the door! This release is shipping quite late and with a slimmed down set of features, but in this article we have more details on what this release holds in store for the Linux desktop community and why it may be a short-lived release.
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"I think the problem has more to do with waiting for the companies with closed drivers to catch up.

I just got a new motherboard. The graphics chipset came out about 3 months ago. And I'm running the latest development version of my preferred distro, which has Xorg 7.4 and the very latest point release of the video drivers. Not only does 3d not work... neither does 2d. In fact, even during the text based installation of the OS the screen is strangely wrapped vertically and flickers at about 10 Hz. The vesa driver gets me a sort of usable screen, but not at the correct aspect ratio. The evil proprietary company that can't keep up with our open source speed of development and released this chipset without making sure that it had working drivers for Linux? Intel. It's a G43 chipset with X4500 video. I'm having to use my Nvidia 7200SE with nvidia's drivers, which performs flawlessly, until it all gets sorted out.

My gripe is that even when the companies do everything we ask: Release good docs... supply the development infrastructure... assign engineers to assist with development... our FOSS video drivers are still crap for some reason. In 2008 we should at least be able to get text mode right!

Its a shame your so full of crap. I've been wanting a G45 for like forever. As far as I am aware support for x4500 stuff has been out before the chipset launch see the linux intel site for the news. What has muddied the water however is is this GEM/TTM where TTM support has been stripped before GEM has been implemented if your going what eh!? your probably running a stable kernel and openarena a lot faster. Which means if you are cutting edge your running slower with the "Failed to initialize TTM buffer manager. Falling back to classic." Of course you have never had much luck ;) with hardware I guess its because you can't say that laptop that for forced at gunpoint on you doesn't work anymore, although I am pleased that your employers are so generous.

Like I say its a shame I would love to know if x4500 chip esp the more serious G45 really is the 1.7 times faster that it is advertised or whether it is marketing hype. Seriously you are such a lying bitch.

As for Nvidia, shit you lying lying toerag. I can't think of another way of putting it. I'll tell you that f--king chipset holds back every damn release of every distro ever, and leaves security holes for years. The reality is on a proprietary system provides a enough graphical grunt with an integrated solution to run fear at minimal setting for about £35 on a providing a cheap proprietary system but it f--ks ibex in the ass.

Seriously sort it out your hating so I can get some real information.

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