Brookline, Massachusetts, May 22 2006. Five months after release
of X11R7.0, the modularized and autotooled release of the MIT ("X")
Licensed X Window System source code, the X.Org Foundation has
issued its first modular roll-up release.
X11R7.1 supports Linux, Solaris, and BSD systems. It includes
important new server and driver features for embedded systems, 64
bit platforms, enhanced operating system support, and accelerated
indirect GLX support. It most importantly demonstrates to
developers and industry immediate benefits of modularization.
The X Window System is distributed under the MIT ("X") License
by the X.Org Foundation LLC. All X Window System Releases are the
work of volunteer contributors.
All X11R7.0 derivative ("modularized") releases divide the
source code into logically distinct modules, separately developed,
built, and maintained by the community of X.Org developers. This
concentrates and accelerates development time, supporting
continuous modification, testing, and publication of each
module.The new modular format offers focused development, and rapid
and independent updates and distribution of tested modular
components as they are ready, freed from the biennial maintenance
release timetable. These changes in source code management, giving
openness and transparency to the source code base and employing
current technology, invite a new generation of developers to
contribute, building on the long tradition of the X Window
Twice yearly, roll-up releases collect and publish a new
reference source code version. X11R7.1 is the first of these
regular releases, demonstrating the success of the new development
environment. The last monolithic tree released, X11R6.9.0, will
continue to be be supported with security patches, as are all past
X.Org Foundation releases, while new feature development is
concentrated on the X11R7.* modular code base.
Membership is free and open to contributors. Sponsorship is
encouraged to support the global activities of the X.Org
Foundation. Current X.Org Sponsors include Sun Microsystems, HP,
IBM, StarNet Communications, AttachmateWRQ, Hummingbird, and
Integrated Computer Solutions Incorporated [ICS].* Information
concerning organization, activities, and mailing lists can be found
In continuous use for over 20 years, the X Window System
provides the only standard platform-independent networked graphical
window system bridging the heterogeneous platforms in today's
enterprise: from network servers to desktops, thin clients,
laptops, embedded systems, and hand-helds, independent of operating
system and hardware.
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