The XDarwin project announces that a hardware-accelerated version 4.3 is on the horizon which contains significant font integration functionality with Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar.Discounted pre-orders are now being taken for the final release of XDarwin 4.3, for anyone who wishes to receive the final version on CD as soon it is available.
Notable improvements will include:
* Hardware accelerated GLX in rootless mode
* Ability to use all native Mac OS X fonts
* new -configure X server option
* Faster 2-D drawing in rootless mode
* Much faster full screen mode 2-D drawing, comparable to rootless mode
* New font configuration library (fontconfig)
A feature-complete pre-release version 18.104.22.1681 is available immediately for testing by advanced users and beta testers. This snapshot is a release candidate for final version 4.3.0, which is expected to be available later this month. Prebuilt binaries for Mac OS X 10.2 of the prerelease are available for download here.
Installation of the pre-release is only intended for the adventurous and those who can afford downtime and the risks associated with pre-release software. All others are encouraged to place an order for the CD which will be available in late February. Instructions for manually installing are available and instructions for using the XInstall script.
It is anticipated that the libraries and X clients from 4.3.0 will be included in Apple’s final release of X11 for Mac OS X. Testing of this snapshot, particularly by Darwin users not running Mac OS X, is encouraged to shake out any final bugs before the 4.3.0 release. Fink users can currently access this release in the unstable packages, but note that a dependency on the xfree86 22.214.171.124 packages will necessitate building XDarwin twice. This will be removed once XDarwin 4.3 is released.
In the meantime, XFree86 4.3 is expected around at 20 February.