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Kernel Log: New X Server, 3D drivers for Radeon 5000 and new stable kernels

Aug 26, 2010, 13:35 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thorsten Leemhuis)

"While the new kernel versions mainly correct minor bugs, X.org's next generation X Server offers a range of improvements. Various code segments released by AMD developers allow the X.org open source drivers for Radeon GPUs to utilise the 2D and 3D acceleration features available with Radeon series 5000 graphics cards.

"New X Server

"Right on schedule and without the delays of sometimes up to several months that were customary up until a year ago, Keith Packard released version 1.9 of X.org's X Server at the end of last week. However, the new version intended for Fedora 13 and Ubuntu 10.10 offers no major new features, but focuses on minor improvements and bug fixes. A new authentication mechanism for the still emerging DRI2 allows X Servers to be compiled, for instance, without the libdrm. The "buffers invalidation" feature for DRI2 and various changes to XInput are to improve performance. The X Server can now also start without output devices, and numerous streamlining measures simplify code maintenance, as well as the adding of future code extensions."

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