X.Org 7.4 To Be Released Today

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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.

Originally, X.Org 7.4 was set to be released in March of 2008 with features that included XGE (X Generic Events), XACE (the X Access Control Extension), RandR 1.3, more PCI reworking, XKB 2, a DRI memory manager, and Glucose. However, many of these features didn't end up getting integrated into X.Org 7.4. It wasn't until February that Red Hat's Adam Jackson had stepped up to the plate with some release plans and a revised target date of May. Red Hat had hoped to ship X.Org 7.4 with Fedora 9, but as the May release wasn't met, Fedora 9 ended up shipping with a pre-release. In early March was the first X Server 1.5 pre-release (1.4.99.901) that had included more than 100 changes with memory leak fixes, EXA improvements, and plenty more.

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