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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Maybe Fedora 9 might get 3D now...
by rklrkl on Wed 10th Sep 2008 23:51 UTC
rklrkl
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2005-07-06

I was quite amazed when the Fedora folks decided to release Fedora 9 with a beta X server (and no solid idea when it would go final). It's *still* in beta and, what's worse, is that now that the X.org devs have finalised 1.5, Fedora are in still in update lockdown from the August security incident (I see rawhide updates are still available - Fedora 10 Alpha happily downloads them for instance).

ATI and Nvidia refuse to support any pre-releases of X.org, which basically means that Fedora 9 has been without easily-installable ATI/Nvidia 3D (most Fedora users would do this via the livna repos, which have no F9 RPMs for ATI/Nvidia) in its entire 4 months to date. A shocking state of affairs, although amusingly my Intel laptop is happily running F9 3D thanks to its integrated Intel chip (open source drivers show the way!).

On my Dell Vostro 400 with an ATI 2600 XT, the standard 2D X driver ("radeon") in FC9 is ridiculously flickery and unusable, which was the final straw for me and I stayed on FC8 as my primary desktop (the last Fedora release to properly support 3D for ATI/Nvidia - F10 Alpha doesn't either, BTW).

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wibbit Member since:
2006-03-22

For better or worse, Fedora is a very strong supporter of OpenSource, and I believe will neither postpone/hold up the release of open source software due to the lag in closed source drivers, or bundle said closed source drivers.

I personally don't have a problem with this, and is the main reason why I only get intel based graphics cards for any "work horse" system that I want kept up to date.

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