[SL-devel] Xorg-server 1.5
Mitch Harder (aka DontPanic)
mmharder at gmail.com
Thu Sep 11 07:21:21 CEST 2008
Xorg-server-1.5, the centerpiece of the imminent X.org 7.4 release,
has been out now for nearly a week.
This release creates a problem in that ati proprietary drivers and
nvidia legacy proprietary drivers have not released drivers compatible
with xorg-server 1.5 (however, newer nvidia cards are supported).
So what's in xorg-server-1.5 that is so important? Well despite my
previous e-mails touting the importance of xorg-server-1.5, it seems
the package was released without most of the features that I was
eagerly anticipating (dri2 has been pushed back to >=1.6), or the
features have already found their way into xorg-server-1.4.2 (such as
I ran across an informative article on Phoronix that goes over the
history of xorg-server 1.5, and what features made it and what
Despite my disappointment in the feature set, xorg-server-1.5 does
seem to be fully and robustly functional, and most of the problems I'm
seeing online are related to the ati and nvidia-legacy proprietary
drivers. I'm also seeing several distros eagerly adopting xorg-server
1.5 (RedHat would like to have you think they had xorg-server-1.5
along with a buggy DRI2 in Fedora-9 back in March).
So, while xorg-server-1.5 appears to be a competent release, I think
it would still make sense to provide some kind of support for
xorg-server-1.4.2 (whether it be through the main entropy, or a
Wiki-HowTo, or a separate user entropy repository). I keep running
across posts from disaffected Fedora-9 users who have been left on
their own to scrap together a "Plan B" for their legacy nvidia cards
or their ati cards (Fedora 9 does not have a fall-back to
xorg-server-1.4.x unless you manually drop back to Fedora 8 for those
packages). I think we can learn from Fedora's mistakes.
For myself, I'm more familiar with nVidia cards, so I would love to
hear some feedback, especially from the ATI people.
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