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Software is the underlying graphical workhorse that powers pretty much every desktop installation on Linux and Unix operating systems. Today marked the mildly delayed new release of version 7.3, which corresponds to server version 1.4. The community has been working out the last of the bugs since their code-base became semi-frozen on August 1st (which they refer to as "Code Slush") and are now confident that the release will be worth the wait. The so-called killer feature of this version of X is the new support for hotplugging of input devices (such as keyboard, mice, touchscreens) as well as output devices (monitors, projectors, and so forth).

These features have been missing for ages in X and have now been implemented thanks in large part to a few very dedicated developers. According to the developers, kudos goes to Daniel Stone for the input hotplugging features, and to Keith Packard and Eric Anholt for implementing output hotplugging support.

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X.Org 7.3 and X server 1.4 were originally scheduled for release towards the end of August, but bugs had pushed back its release to September 5. Well, the day is now over and X.Org 7.3 is not to be found.

That Story @ Phoronix.

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