Linked by Oscar Boykin on Wed 25th Feb 2004 08:59 UTC
X11, Window Managers For the past year, there has been a slow and steady stream of news events regarding XFree86, X11, or new X server implementations. To those not paying close attention (and even those who are), the meaning of some of these events may not be clear. In this brief article, I attempt to share my impression on what the changes mean for users of free software on the desktop. It appears that XFree86 is in some turmoil, and it may leave some to infer that free desktop systems will suffer.
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Predictions
by BlackCat on Wed 25th Feb 2004 12:57 UTC

Looking in my crystal ball, I see the following happening:

Short term, distributions will continue shipping XFree86. Eventually maybe even including the newer versions with the new license, but with F.d.o Xlibs (which is what programs link against) at its core.

The F.d.o X Server will continue gaining momentum and support from the distributions. They'll drag X kicking and screaming into the 21st century, ditch the awful iMake, get rid of the entire /usr/X11R6 tree (what a relic! I read about this on the f.d.o mailing list and it really is going the way of the dodo, Yay ;) . Drivers will also optionally be packaged individually by distributions, so for example you can push xserver-ati-1.2.1.rpm to users with bugfixes without having to upgrade all of X as it is now, and not be tied to the X release schedules. Xouvert's still going nowhere IMO. In the end, the future of X is looking a lot better than it did, say, a year or two ago.