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