[ubuntu-x] xi2 PPA

Bryce Harrington bryce at canonical.com
Thu May 28 14:00:06 BST 2009

On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 01:56:25PM +0200, Tormod Volden wrote:
> On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 11:07 AM, Bryce Harrington <bryce at canonical.com> wrote:
> > Hi Thomas, thanks for doing this!
> >
> > Are you a member of xorg-edgers? ?This looks like an excellent candidate
> > for putting into a secondary PPA under xorg-edgers, or perhaps even the
> > main PPA. ?What do you think? ?Any ideas on when XI2 may be merged into
> > the main xserver tree?
> According to http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/xorg-devel/2009-May/000996.html
> already in a week. So a second PPA does not seem necessary at this
> time.

Okay thanks, that is good to know.
> Anyway, using xorg-edgers as a PPA dependency and auto-xorg-git for
> packaging might save time and resources for similar initiatives or
> updates. Robert has already built xserver 1.7 in his xorg-testing PPA
> [1], and we are talking about dumping this into xorg-edgers soon. The
> only thing holding us back is that so many intel users are using
> xorg-edgers for their current issues that we want to keep it a bit
> "stable". I hope most fixes for intel will end up in x-updates soon,
> so that we can "go wild" in xorg-edgers again.

Sounds good.  I am preparing the 2.7.99.x upload for -intel and will be
uploading it next week when I'm back home (unless I catch the ubu-flu
that seems to be going around!)

I've been running 2.7.99 for the past couple weeks and it seems quite
stable.  Others have anecdotally been giving me reasonably good
feedback, so I'm comfortable that we can move ahead to it.  I didn't
want to risk doing the change before or during UDS, for obvious
reasons.  :-)

> More uploaders to xorg-edgers are always welcome. After more than 1000
> uploads (!) [2] on my own, I am very glad Robert joined and he is
> doing a terrific job at keeping both Jaunty and Karmic packages up to
> date.

In fact, xorg-edgers has been so effective with the -intel testing, that
the kernel team is interested in working with us and will be providing
kernels we can include in xorg-edgers in the future.  This will provide
us with the latest DRM crack for -ati and (eventually) -nouveau for

Further, an idea was floated by Mark in one session for Ubuntu to
produce a stripped down nightly USB image containing just the crack
kernel plus xorg-edgers plus some automatically triggered test script,
to make it easier for everyone to quickly test KMS on their hardware
(and GRUB2, and whatever else comes in the future.)

> [1] https://edge.launchpad.net/~sarvatt/+archive/xorg-testing
> [2] According to the PPA stats. Then another 1000 in my own PPA.
> Luckily, thanks to auto-xorg-git, not much time is spent on each
> package. Please don't send me any electricity bills.
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