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After three years without a full release, X.Org 21.1.0 has finally landed with new features and a lot of bug fixes. While the next-generation for all Linux systems will eventually be Wayland, plenty still default to X.Org.

Developer Povilas Kanapickas announced the release on October 27, noting that they expect issues to come up once more people start using it with a 21.1.1 version patch being planned to arrive in the next few weeks rather than their usual time of a few months. For a reminder: XWayland, the project that ensures backwards compatibility with applications on Wayland is now released as its own thing.

Here's the release highlights:

  • The meson support is now fully mature. While autotools support will still be kept for this release series, it will be dropped afterwards.
  • Glamor support for Xvfb.
  • Variable refresh rate support in the modesetting driver.
  •  XInput 2.4 support which adds touchpad gestures.
  • DMX DDX has been removed.
  • X server now correctly reports display DPI in more cases. This may affect rendering of client applications that have their own workarounds for hi-DPI screens.
  • A large number of small features and various bug fixes.
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Purple Library Guy Oct 28, 2021
Quoting: Pit
Quoting: XpanderThanks for explanation.

The modesetting driver part i could search myself also, but my point actually was that there are so many little things. like if you search for what modesetting driver is, then you get anther set of questions. What is KMS what is DRM..then you search for this and even more new questions arise :)

Yes, that's how 'learning' works - step by step
Yeah, except their point is that it's a situation where you don't get to learn step by step. Learning about one step tells you nothing meaningful because it's presented in a way that leaves it meaningless unless you learn about this other step, which in turn tells you nothing unless you learn about still other steps.
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