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Re: x.org packages roadmap ?

On Sun, Sep 12, 2004 at 12:10:10AM +0000, ROBERTOJIMENOCA wrote:
> I saw this post on slashdot.org:
> http://developers.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=121015&cid=10187780
> This isn't funny.
> Do you have any roadmap to have x.org Debian packages?
> How may I help?

You may be interested in the latest addition to the Debian X FAQ.

  What are Debian's plans with respect to X.Org and XFree86?

  Thanks to Fabio Massimo Di Nitto for contributing much of this entry.

  Because the XFree86 relicensing came at a time when Debian was trying to
  stabilize its XFree86 packages for the sarge release, there was some
  question among Debian's X Window System package maintenance team (the "X
  Strike Force") — and much speculation among Debian's users — as to what
  direction Debian would take.

  There was never a serious proposal to attempt to ship anything other than
  XFree86 4.3.0 in sarge, so work on that continued while discussion on the
  debian-x mailing list took place. The following represents the consensus
  reached by the X Strike Force, without objection from the mailing list
  subscribers (among whom number many interested Debian developers and

  In June 2004, Fabio Massimo Di Nitto, the XFree86 package release manager
  for Debian sarge and sid, started a thread to discuss the future of X
  Window System packages in Debian for an open discussion between users and
  the Debian package maintainers.

  The discussion spanned nearly one hundred messages from over a dozen
  participants, practically all of it constructive and very useful to the
  Debian maintenance team. The outcome of the thread was farly clear to
  everyone: Debian will move away from the XFree86 tree as soon as possible
  after the upcoming stable release due to its license issues (see above).

  The XFree86 package maintainers are committed to providing support and
  assistance to the Debian Security Team for the XFree86 4.3.0-based
  packages than Debian will ship in sarge. That is, our abandonment of the
  XFree86 Project, Inc., as an upstream source of code does not mean that
  we will abandon our committment to the user of our production release.

  Futhermore, there was near-consensus that Debian should switch to the
  X.Org source tree, with the goal of migrating to the modularized tree
  over time. We expect that the monolithic X.Org distribution will be
  modularized in a piecewise fashion; as that happens, we will "switch off"
  the building of packages from the X.Org monolithic tree in favor of the
  modularized components that become available from freedesktop.org.

  While moving from XFree86's monolithic tree to X.Org's is a relatively
  simple technical transition of itself, the transition to a
  fully-modularized set of packages will take longer — indeed, an unknown
  amount of time which depends on the speed of upstream's progress — but we
  expect the process will bring the packages' quality to a higher level,
  thanks to the introduction of a fast release cycle for each single
  component. We expect to "modularize" two parts of the X.Org distribution
  immediately: XTerm and Xprt (the XPRINT server). Both of these are
  independently maintained by entities external to (but working in
  cooperation with) freedesktop.org.

  With these changes, it will also be easier for the Debian user community
  to have a broader choice in X servers. At present, the Debian XFree86
  package maintainers intend to support only the XOrg X server (which is
  based on XFree86's). The X Strike Force does not plan to discourage other
  people from packaging others. Debian developers that file
  intent-to-package notices (ITPs) for other X servers are asked to
  strictly cooperate with the X Strike Force to maintain similar packaging
  standards, simplify the bug handling on shared components (like X
  libraries) and discuss future changes and improvements.

  As of this writing (October 2004), packaging of the X.Org distribution is
  underway in the X Strike Force's xorg Subversion repository (ViewCVS).

G. Branden Robinson                |     Notions like Marxism and
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     Freudianism belong to the history
branden@debian.org                 |     of organized religion.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |     -- Noam Chomsky

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