"For the past year, there has been a slow and steady stream of
news events regarding XFree86, X11, or new X server
implementations. To those not paying close attention (and even
those who are), the meaning of some of these events may not be
clear. In this brief article, I attempt to share my impression on
what the changes mean for users of free software on the desktop. It
appears that XFree86 is in some turmoil, and it may leave some to
infer that free desktop systems will suffer.
"In fact, the growing popularity of GNU/Linux is focusing
developer attention on improving XFree86 and the XFree86
development model, or implementing a new X server which can meet
the growing demands of free software on the desktop. The recent
shakeups in the X11 community are pushing towards a more modular
and open development model that can remedy many of longstanding
criticisms leveled at the X Window System..."
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