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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Re: So much for X sucks/is obsolete/etc!
by John Allsup on Wed 12th Nov 2003 09:56 UTC

During this redesign/reimplementation, it is quite possible to take a lot of X's functionality out of the core, (and the 'necessary' bits around it) and move it into a 'legacy emulation' module (something like that.)

This could allow the architecture to be made leaner, meaner and better equipped to be adapted to the future demands of GUI environments.

X in its entirety may not be obsolete, but it carries an awful lot of genuinely obsolete baggage and well-intended features that can be done better with current know how.

Examples are abound, so I'll just let you look for them.