Matt Dew matt at osource.org
Tue Dec 21 12:48:42 PST 2010

On Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 1:19 PM, Jeremy Huddleston <jeremyhu at apple.com> wrote:
> Thanks for all the effort Alan.  That's a huge list of modules to push out.

Indeed, and all the cleanup you've done on the docs on top of that.
Many thanks on everything.

> --Jeremy
> 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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