Thinking towards 7.6 katamari, including xcb

Alan Coopersmith Alan.Coopersmith at Sun.COM
Wed Oct 21 13:36:30 PDT 2009

While we should hopefully have the 7.5 katamari wrapped up this
weekend once xserver 1.7.1 is out, I've been thinking ahead towards
the next round of this.   (I'll need time to recover from this round
before I'm foolish enough to consider agreeing to help drive that one,
maybe in a few months...)

The last few katamari's have been pretty much annual releases, and
that seems to work - we've also shown that we can release the X
server & driver bundles between katamaris without much problem.

The current Xserver 1.8 schedule calls for it to release on 2010-3-31.
If we stick to the 6 month cadence well, then 1.9 should be released
on 2010-9-31.  (Though I still think it should be called 2.0 if the
drivers do merge back into the xserver tarball.)

I'd suggest then we plan on the 7.6 katamari releasing in early
October 2010, close to one year after 7.5.

Due to the recent change to xlsclients (and suggested similar changes to
other clients that still need to be written), the 7.6 katamari will probably
be the first to have a hard requirement on XCB support - sometime during
the next year we should decide if we want XCB to remain a separate thing
we depend on or whether we want to work with the XCB maintainers to include
it in our release process as a core katamari component.    (So far we've
kept Mesa, xkeyboard-config, pixman and libpciaccess as sister projects
that we work closely with, depend on, and even build in some of our build
scripts, but which we don't release in our release tree or apply our module
standards (like the xorg autoconf macros) to - whether any of those should
also be pulled into the main X.Org release process is something else people
keep asking.)

	-Alan Coopersmith-           alan.coopersmith at
	 Sun Microsystems, Inc. - X Window System Engineering

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