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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Moblin: Mobile Linux Initiative from Intel

Intel seems to have got the open source epidemics. According to Intel made public its intentions in starting a project for creating and developing open source solutions for mobile devices.

The Moblin project, as this initiative was called, should take in, according to Intel, a Linux kernel, UI framework, browser, multimedia framework, and embedded Linux image creation tools, along with developer resources such as documentation, mailing lists, and an IRC channel. The Moblin project is divided into more sub-projects. The sub-projects are said to be very flexible and anytime new ones can be added to the list. For the moment, the available sub-projects target the Intel architecture only, but Intel officials stated that the project is “open to contributions for support of other architectures”.

Currently, Moblin targets Intel processors such as the 600MHz A100 and 800MHz A110. These processors are also said to form the basis for Intel’s “Ultra Mobile Platform 2007” platform along with the 945GU Express chipset and ICH7 I/O controller hub.

Among the sub-projects currently targeted by Moblin I could count here:

  • The Kernel (with platform-specific kernel patches and drivers)
  • The GTK-based UI framework
  • The power management policy project
  • The betwork profile manager which is said to bring support for the various protocols such as WiFi or Bluetooth
  • A Mozilla -based browser
  • Chat client based on Telepathy plus added support for popular messaging protocols
  • Moblin image creator to produce binary images which can be run on actual devices, or in an emulated environment
  • An image capture, management, and sharing application for still and video images
  • A “Moblin Media Artist” player offering a choice of gstreamer or Real’s open source Helix streaming frameworks

Download Moblin Application :Mobile Linux Internet Project
Home Page :Mobile Linux Internet Project