Jeremy Huddleston jeremyhu at apple.com
Tue Dec 21 12:19:51 PST 2010

Thanks for all the effort Alan.  That's a huge list of modules to push out.


On Dec 20, 2010, at 16:27, Alan Coopersmith wrote:

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> The X.Org Foundation and the global community of X.Org developers
> announce the release of X11R7.6 - Release 7.6 of the X Window System,
> Version 11.  This release is the seventh modular release of the X Window
> System.  The next full release will be X11R7.7 and is expected in 2011.
> X11R7.6 supports Linux, BSD, Solaris, MacOS X, Microsoft Windows and
> GNU Hurd systems. It incorporates new features, and  stability and
> correctness fixes, including improved autoconfiguration heuristics,
> enhanced support for input devices, better documentation, and takes
> the next step in migrating to the XCB client APIs.
> The full source code is free to use, modify and redistribute, under open
> source licenses, and is available from http://www.x.org/releases/X11R7.6/
> and mirrors worldwide.
> For more information on the X Window System, including how to get involved
> with development, please see http://www.x.org.
> ________________________________________________________________________
> Summary of new features in X11R7.6
> This is a sampling of the new features in X11R7.6. A more complete list of
> changes can be found in the ChangeLog files that are part of the source of
> each X module, or in the Consolidated ChangeLog combining logs of all the
> modules, which is posted at http://www.x.org/releases/X11R7.6/
>  * InputClass sections in Xorg configuration files are used to apply
>    configuration options to any input device matching specified rules,
>    such as device path, type of device, device manufacturer, or other
>    data provided by the input hotplug backend. Details can be found in
>    the INPUTCLASS section of the xorg.conf(5) manual page.
>  * Xorg configuration directories are used to allow fragments of the
>    X server configuration to be delivered in individual files. For
>    instance, the input device driver matching rules previously provided
>    in HAL .fdi files are now provided as InputClass sections in .conf
>    files in a xorg.conf.d directory.
>  * udev is now used by the X server on Linux systems for input device
>    discovery and hot-plug notification.  Other platforms continue to use
>    the HAL framework for these tasks for now.
>  * X protocol C-language Binding (XCB) is now included in the katamari,
>    and is required by several client-side modules, including libX11,
>    xlsatoms, xlsclients and xwininfo.   XCB is a replacement for Xlib
>    featuring a small footprint, latency hiding, direct access to the
>    protocol, improved threading support, and extensibility.
>    More information can be found on the XCB website at
>    http://xcb.freedesktop.org/.
>  * Major progress has been made on the X.Org Documentation modernization -
>    most of the library and protocol specifications are now included in the
>    modules for those libraries and protocols so they can be updated in sync
>    with new versions, and many have been converted to DocBook XML from the
>    variety of formats they were previously in.  On most systems these
>    documents will be installed under /usr/share/doc/.  They are also posted
>    on the X.Org website at http://www.x.org/releases/X11R7.6/doc/index.html
> ________________________________________________________________________
> Dedication
> Two of the early leaders of the X Window System community were lost to
> cancer this year -- Smokey Wallace, who led the DEC WSL team which
> created the initial implementation of X11, and Hideki Hiura from Sun
> Microsystems, who helped design the X11R6 internationalization
> framework.  The X11R7.6 release is dedicated to their memory.
> Jim Gettys remembers that “Without Smokey, it is not clear that X11
> would have ever existed: he and I drafted a memo that proposed
> developing X11 in Digital’s WSL and making the result freely
> available, as X11 would require more resources than we had available
> at MIT.  This was one of the seminal moments in free and open source
> software, though few know of it.”
> Alan Coopersmith, who worked with Hideki at Sun, noted that “Hideki’s
> contributions to the X Window System and leadership in forums such as
> openi18n.org will leave a lasting legacy on the millions of users who
> are able to use their native languages to interact with computers and
> portable devices running the Unix and Linux families of operating
> system.”
> - -- 
> 	-Alan Coopersmith-        alan.coopersmith at oracle.com
> 	 Oracle Solaris Platform Engineering: X Window System
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