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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Phoronix and X.org
by cyclops on Wed 10th Sep 2008 20:48 UTC
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I have only two things to say(It turned out to be three) about this release the first is as someone who has loathed Phoronix for like forever, just check my history on how often I criticize it. I still dread any article that contains a benchmark, for the love of God I dread those things, but their X.Org coverage although perhaps overly negative, in the light of many large projects overrunning their deadlines(Gnome/Linux being a bit of an exception) has been excellent.

I made the right choice in choosing a then cutting edge X3500 integrated solution as it was a major step back from the although aging chipset X800 card, and many days I have regretted my choice, but my intel drivers have been little movers and shakers, although I'm more than a little concerned about GEM. I suspect I will have to step back from running a cutting edge solution for whats looking like 3 months, but I will be getting the nextgen motherboard once they are at commodity prices.

I think its a shame that this release has turned out like it has. Reading the article the whole thing reads like a stopgap solution for the 8.10 distributions. Which has clearly meant that some of the new technology has had to be pushed back at least 3 months to what seems to be the real release. It just shows you what, albeit a bit of a dick(or perhaps because) Linus skills go further than a little bit of coding, and what a difference a man like him in the driving seat makes to a large scale project. X's development seems to progressing at quite the pace, but getting a timely cohesive release seems to be beyond their grasp. I've often proposed that the FOSS community would benefit from managers; layers; marketing people from the "community" taking a greater interest, or IBM etc stepping up to the plate, but it seems to attract comedians with iconic wit I hope thats not a damning indication.

Although seriously this release alleviates a barrier to Linux greater than Microsoft; Desktop Gaming; Adobe and Thom the xorg.conf. Praise Red Hat

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