If it's Wednesday, it must be JDS ConCall day...

As noted last week, I've not been posting much as I've been very busy on various projects reaching critical stages, including helping with the X.Org Foundation X11R6.8 release and X window system work for Solaris 10 and the upcoming Java Desktop System releases for Solaris. The days blur together a bit, with the various weekly conference calls serving to tell them apart (hence the title). Therefore, I'm going to cheat, and repost some things I've written elsewhere today...

I haven't seen anyone from the audience report on their impressions of our X.Org forum at LinuxWorld Expo SF (see last week's post), though I would be interested to see what people thought. From the front platform the session seemed to go well, with about 30-40 people attended and we showed some demos of the new extensions in X11R6.8 (some of which will also be in S10) and talked both about how the new X.Org Foundation is working and where we see X going in the future. We talked about trying to balance new development and stability, and I even plugged our favorite projects, which drive Sun's interest in the new extensions - Project Looking Glass and the GNOME Accessibility Project.

BTW, for those who don't know, X11R6.8 is in beta testing now. We're working on it at Sun to make sure it works as well as we can make it on Solaris x86 (unfortunately, there are no working Xorg drivers for modern hardware on the SPARC side of Solaris right now), but anyone with interest and spare cycles who wants to build & test is invited to do so. For more info on the release plans, new features, and how to help, see the Release Plan & Status web pages and the xorg and release-wranglers mailing lists.

Elsewhere I noted that the movement towards greater transparency and customer communications via efforts like blogs.sun.com are a bit strange at the moment since they are both pushing up from the bottom of the org chart, with many engineers and other "individual contributors" participating, and pushing down from the top, with people like Jonathan Schwartz and John Fowler participating, but hasn't met in the middle yet, with the layers of middle management still out of the picture - where many of the decisions people want to know about are made and best explained. (For instance, you can find my blog here, and that of the VP I work for, Glenn Weinberg, but you won't find the manager I report to, the senior manager he reports to, or the director he reports to (who in turn reports to Glenn).) Perhaps it will just take time and growing numbers above and below to squeeze them out of the conference rooms and out here with the rest of us...

Comments:

Any idea on when Xrender will finally be "allowed" in SPARC Solaris X server (or framebuffer SPARC drivers) ?

Posted by mareks on August 12, 2004 at 12:54 AM PDT #

Xrender support is in the X server in Solaris 9 12/02 and later, but only certain video cards support it (the Creator series/ffb and the m64 cards if I remember correctly). Unfortunately, I don't think the sparc framebuffer group has plans to expand which cards support it right now. Sorry.

Posted by Alan on August 12, 2004 at 02:46 AM PDT #

thanks for the answer ! although it would be great to see jfb's on that list too...

Posted by mareks on August 12, 2004 at 04:44 AM PDT #

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