X11R6.9 and X11R7.0 Officially Released

December 22nd, 2005 by Marv

After nearly a decade, the first major release of the X Window System has been released. The X11R7.0 release is the first release with complete modularized and autotooled source code base. X11R6.9 is the same code base, but uses the more traditonal imake build system.Press Release:

These changes in source code management, giving openness and transparency to the source code base and employing current technology, invite a new generation of developers to contribute, building on the long tradition of the X Window System. The new modular format offers focused development, and rapid and independent updates and distribution of tested modular components as they are ready, freed from the biennial maintenance release timetable.

X11R6.9 comprises many distinct components bonded in a single tree, based on imake. X11R7.0 splits that set of components into logically distinct modules, separately developed, built, and maintained by the community of X.Org developers. This simulaneous release gives a transition point for developers, builders, and vendors to adapt their practices to the new X.Org modular process. X11R7.0 supports Linux and Solaris at this time, with other support pending. X11R7.1, the first modular roll-up release, is scheduled mid-2006. While the monolithic tree will continue to be fully supported and released, new feature development is expected to be concentrated in the modular code base.

The X11R7.0 and X11R6.9 releases are the work of more than fifty volunteer contributors worldwide, working under the release management team of Kevin Martin (Head), Alan Coopersmith, and Adam Jackson, with the support of Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, and the unsupported generous contribution of effort by Adam Jackson.*

All X Window System Releases are available from http://ftp.X.Org and mirror sites worldwide (see They are distributed under the MIT (“X”) License by the X.Org Foundation LLC. Information concerning organization, activities, and mailing lists can be found at http://www.X.Org. Membership is free and open to contributors. Sponsorship is encouraged to support the global activities of the X.Org Foundation. Current X.Org Sponsors include Sun Microsystems, HP, IBM, StarNet Communications, AttachmateWRQ, Hummingbird, and Integrated Computer Solutions Incorporated [ICS].*

In continuous use for over 20 years, the X Window System provides the only standard platform-independent networked graphical window system bridging the heterogeneous platforms in today’s enterprise: from network servers to desktops, thin clients, laptops, and hand-helds, independent of operating system and hardware.

Download: [ X11R6.9.0 ] [X11R7.0 ]

2 Responses to “X11R6.9 and X11R7.0 Officially Released”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    In your “device” section put in:
    Option “AccelMethod” “EXA”
    In your “extensions” section make sure you have:
    Option “Composite” “Enable”
    Option “RENDER” “Enable”
    Now, if you are using KDE you can use the composite extension natively or something (I am not sure, check your docs).
    For everyone else do:
    xcompmgr -fF -I-.002 -O-.003 -D6 -cC -t-5 -l-6 -r5

    and you get shadows, smooth window dragging, fade ins and outs and all other goodies. It works really well with my Radeon 9000.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Just played Darwinia, there is a small christmas hack in the game… play the game and you will notice it ;)

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