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PR: X.Org Foundation Announces X11R6.8 Release of the X Window System

Sep 09, 2004, 13:45 (8 Talkback[s])

The X.Org Foundation today announced the second release of the X Window System since the formation of the Foundation in January of this year.

The new X.Org release, called X Window System Version 11, Release 6.8 (X11R6.8) builds on the work of X.org X11R6.7 released in April. X11R6.8 combines the latest developments from many people and companies working with the X Window System and an open X.Org Foundation Release Team. The X Window System X11R6.8 release can be found at ftp://www.x.org/pub and at mirror-sites worldwide.

About this Release

In response to user and application developer demand, X.Org's X11R6.8 brings forward widely anticipated fundamental facilities through this release. They include the first official X Window System Release support for:

  • Translucent windows
  • Window animation, window decorations like shadows
  • Support for accessibility applications
  • Support for 3D immersive user environments like Looking Glass(1) and Croquet(2)
  • Support for large scale display walls using DMX(3)

These new facilities, some of which are still considered experimental, and so not enabled by default, have been under development for several years. Once completed and deployed, they will enable X Window System desktop projects, such as Gnome and KDE, to greatly extend their visual user interface vocabulary while still ensuring uncompromised support for existing applications, even surpassing current state of the art in competing window systems.

These facilities will enable easy implementation of thumbnailing, screen magnifiers for accessibility, translucent windows, menus, drop shadows, and even integration of conventional applications into 3D immersive environments. They are the result of open collaboration within the freedesktop.org community, desktop projects, and the X Window System user and developer communities. For some illustrations visit http://www.freedesktop.org/XOrg/X11R68ScreenShots.

Features also included in this release are updates and fixes to: FreeType2, Xprint, Xaw ( new PrintShell class), Mesa, DRI, driver rotation support, Render ( New Trapezoid Extension ), many driver updates, and a broad range of fixes and enhancements.

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