Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 11th Nov 2003 21:43 UTC, submitted by John
X11, Window Managers The new X Server developed under the sponsorship of is aiming at replacing XFree86. Some code will be re-used but the core will be rewritten by Keith Packard and others. The new X server features full support for transparency, and has window-level image compositing among other things. Check out the screenshots (one more added, now there are four shots).
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"Limited to 2D is still very limited. Is there any possibility that is will ever be able to use 3rd party 3D drivers, such as from Nvidia or ATI?"

XFree86 doesn't properly handle 3D now anyways, so this isn't a major loss. I still can't launch a 3D application while I am in Xinerama mode. I need to restart X, and go into traditional single monitor mode.

3D acceleration is done via drivers + mesa. What you are talking about has nothing to do with the X server and everything to do with the fact that OpenGL does not support multi-screen display. DirectX does, OpenGL doesn't. IIRC, that is a feature being added to the next specificiation.