X.org 7.3 Brings Hotplugging Support

X.Org 7.3 has just been released today after months and months of hard work. X.Org X Server 1.4 is included in this new version which contains the most awaited input hotplugging support function as well as version 1.2 of the RandR extension, which allows for runtime configuration of outputs within X screens.

X.Org 7.3 also comes with a new driver, xf86-video-vermilion and the xf86-video-glide driver which was present only in the monolithic releases. You are now able to configure backlight properties for LCDs, through the RandR extension.

Unfortunately, not all bugs could be fixed in this new version of the X.Org server, therefore the following list of known issues will be fixed in future releases:

  • Multiple PCI domains no longer work on Linux. This has been present since the 1.3 server, at least. It is expected to be fixed on master (to be server 1.5) and a minimal fix may be backported when that happens.
  • Memory leak with GLX pixmaps. This couldn’t get tracked down in time for release.
  • Two-color cursors misrendered on big-endian systems. The problem was not fully understood at the time of release and the interim fix was not included.
  • When the appropriate input driver is not found for static configuration, the server may crash.
  • Server crash with compiz. Reporter didn’t have time to follow up.
  • In traditional (multi-Screen) multihead mode, the cursor may be stuck on one of the heads. This is a bug in evdev which may also exist in other input drivers and will be fixed in upcoming point releases.
  • Bug in libwfb, which arrived too late to make it in.
  • Failure in an error path of the new input code may lead to server crashes during server exit. This should have made it in and was an oversight.

For more information on this new release, please go here.

Download : http://xorg.freedesktop.org/releases/X11R7.3/
Announcement : http://wiki.x.org/wiki/Releases/7.3

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