On Fri, 9 Jul 2004, Joao Clemente wrote:
> Somenone said some posts ago that one of the things that ltsp developers
> were trying was to put Xorg in ltsp 4.1 instead of Xfree86... why is that? I
> tough server Xorg was licensed....
> Is there a performance reason to this change? Stability? More support?
Joao, Thanks for asking about the switch to X.org. I think there are
alot of misconceptions about X.org, and I'll try to clear it up a bit.
The X.org Foundation was founded back in January of this year, for
several reasons. One of which is that the XFree86 group changed the
licensing of their code.
Another reason is because the XFree86 project had grown more and more
closed to outside contributions. Lots of people wanted to help with the
code, but they were shunned by the XFree86 core team.
Last summer, there was even a big fiasco as some prominent XFree86
developers were kicked out of the project. Including Keith Packard, the
guy who added all kinds of cool things to X, including anti-aliased
fonts. Keith even wrote the original display manager (XDM) and the X
Font Server (XFS).
So, in January, it was decided that a new organization was needed, to
continue the innovation and development of X11. Lots of old XFree86
developers got together with some of the X.org guys, and created the
X.org Foundation. I was at the initial meeting, during Linux World in
NYC, and somehow, by the end of the meeting, I found myself on the
Interim Board of Directors. Then, back in June, I was elected to the
first official board of directors of the X.org Foundation.
X.org now includes alot of great people, including Jim Gettys (the
father of X), Keith Packard (see above), Howard Hunt (Cygwin X), Stuart
Kreitman (Sun), Leon Shiman, Egbert Eich (Suse), Kevin Martin (Redhat),
and a whole bunch of others.
X.org announced the first release of X11R6.7 on April 6th. This
release is based on the XFree86 4.4rc2 code, which was the last version
before the new XFree86 license took effect. You can read the press
release here: http://www.x.org/XOrg_Press_Release_6Apr04.pdf
Basically, X.org X11R6.7 is the same thing as XFree86 4.4. But, while
XFree86 stagnates, X.org will continue to add new features.
As for XFree86, back at the end of December, they announced that the
core group had disbanded. They managed to get 4.4 final out the door,
but there hasn't been alot of activity lately. In fact, the XFree86
mailing list contains more spam than anything else.
Virtually all of the distros have either switched already, or have
announced that they are switching to the Xorg.
LTSP is just one more distribution that is switching away from XFree86
to the more open Xorg.
I hope that addresses your concerns about the switch to X.org.