Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Ubuntu Developer Summit report: X.org improvements, driver controversy, and bling

Filed under
Ubuntu

X.org received a lot of attention and discussion at UDS, which is appropriate for such a desktop-focused distro. Binary drivers were a hot topic at the summit. Ubuntu developers also discussed how to provide a more robust configuration system for X.org, and what to do when problems arise with X.

Right now, Ubuntu "just works" on a lot of hardware. However, when X.org fails, it's possible for users to run into a unrecoverable failure. Developers discussed how to fall back to a mode that's likely to work on all hardware, and talked about providing a GRUB boot option to allow users to activate a "safe" mode -- like VESA 800x600 at 256 colors -- that will allow them to try to configure X.org in a more pleasing mode.

One of the possible configuration tools that was given serious consideration was SUSE's SaX2, which was acknowledged as a comprehensive tool for munging X configurations -- particularly dual-head configs.

What's coming in X.org

Full Story.

That Last Night Party in Pictures

On the final night of our Ubuntu Developer Summits we usually go into town for a posh dinner followed by revelling and merryness. So who was the greatest dancer on the dance floor? You decide...

Full Post.

----
You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Debian Stretch Continues Eyeing GCC 6

Matthias Klose has provided an update concerning plans for having GCC 6 become the default compiler of Debian 9.0 "Stretch." Everything still is on target for making GCC 6 the default for Stretch; GCC6 is currently available in Debian Testing, build failures are being worked through in the testing/unstable world, and there will be some bug squashing parties this summer for trying to get GCC 6 into shape. Read more

Linux Kernel 4.6.3 Has Multiple Networking Improvements, Better SPARC Support

Today, June 24, 2016, renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the general availability of the third maintenance release for the Linux 4.6 kernel series. Linux kernel 4.6.3 is here two weeks after the release of the second maintenance update in the series, Linux kernel 4.6.2, to change a total of 88 files, with 1302 insertions and 967 deletions. Unfortunately, very few GNU/Linux distributions have adopted the Linux 4.6 series, despite the fact that Greg Kroah-Hartman urged everyone to move to this most advanced kernel branch as soon as possible from Linux 4.5, which reached end of life. Read more

Leftovers: Gaming

  • Open Source Initiative, Breathing Games Collaborate By Creating Open Source Gaming Software
    The Open Source Initiative (OSI) announced that Breathing Games an international community working to improve the quality of health care and life expectancy for people with respiratory disease through therapeutic, science-based-and fun-games, had become an affiliate member. With one person in five now affected by chronic respiratory diseases-asthma, obstructive disease, and cystic fibrosis among many others-creating effective and engaging patient therapies is an increasingly challenging public health care issue. Patients, especially children, often perceive effective, traditional breathing exercises as boring and tedious. Poor patient compliance results in additional hospitalizations and increased costs. Research shows health-based gaming delivers promising results in positively changing behaviors and influencing health care practices.
  • Dolphin 5.0 Emulator Released, Now Requires OpenGL 3 & 64-bit
    Version 5.0 of the open-source Dolphin Emulator for playing Nintendo GameCube and Wii games on Windows/Linux/OSX is now available. Dolphin 5.0 is powered by a revitalized dynamic compiler, requires OpenGL 3.x support (or Direct3D 10 on Windows), there is also an experimental D3D12 back-end but not yet any Vulkan back-end.
  • FORCED SHOWDOWN now available on Linux & SteamOS
    The developers of FORCED SHOWDOWN have emailed in to let us know that the deck building action twin-stick game is now available on Linux. They have even sent in a key, so you can expect some thoughts on it soon.
  • Two Worlds Epic Edition openworld action RPG now on GOG for Linux
    GOG have now added in a Linux build for Two Worlds Epic Edition that requires Wine in order to function. I have no problem with Wine being used to bring over older games.
  • Nidhogg, the fencing action game is heading to Linux with a Beta

Linux and Linux Foundation