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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RE: Xorg 7.4 comes with a whimper...
by cmost on Wed 10th Sep 2008 21:40 UTC in reply to "Xorg 7.4 comes with a whimper..."
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Unfortunately the most exciting technologies that were supposed to be released for Xorg 7.4 were cut from the final release. This is a real disappointment. DRI2, glucose, and randr 1.3 were going to be real visible improvements but we are left with little improvement in the end users eyes with the actual release of 7.4. I have been personally waiting for DRI2 because I have an Intel chip and I use Compiz. EXA perfomance sucks and XAA cannot use XV output without a special plugin for Compiz and a patch for mplayer and then it only works with mplayer. Glucose was going to fill in the gaps between AIGLX and XGL but there hasn't even been any mention of it lately.

The way you tell it makes it sound as though finished features were cut for no good reason. More accurately, these were unfinished features, buggy features, or features that were finished but dependent on unfinished or buggy features. They were left out because they weren't ready for prime time. Period. If the xorg / xserver folks are guilty of anything here, it is perhaps being a bit too optimistic last year! The fact is these guys have done a stupendous job updating and modernizing X for every day use. I can't wait to implement xorg 7.4 and xserver 1.5 on my Debian system. Great job guys!!!

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