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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Since last night's release of Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 2 we have been trying out this latest work from the Canonical camp. While many Linux desktop users would just shrug off X.Org 7.4 as not being too relevant to them -- considering there aren't that many new blatant features -- if you're a faithful Phoronix reader you should already know about much of the recent driver work (especially on the ATI side) and Mesa advancements along with X Server fixes.
For instance, with the open-source R500/600 (ATI Radeon X1000, HD 2000/3000 series) work picking up over the past couple of months, Ubuntu 8.10 will support the R500 3D acceleration that is good enough to play some games. In addition, the R600/RV770 2D and 3D acceleration is coming along. Albeit the R600 work is behind closed doors right now (besides the R600 DRM), but hopefully the documentation and TCore/KGrids source-code will be released soon and this 3D acceleration for newer graphics cards will be able to land in time for Ubuntu 8.10. These open-source ATI improvements mean a dramatically improved "out of the box" experience for more Linux users.