[ubuntu-x] Xserver 1.9 transition

Christopher James Halse Rogers raof at ubuntu.com
Mon Aug 9 11:02:07 BST 2010

Summary for the impatient:
A new X server is soon to be uploaded which requires all the
drivers to be rebuilt.  Be careful when upgrading in the next few

As promised earlier in the cycle, we've got the second X server
transition coming up.  This will take us to X server 1.9, which features
improvements to startup time, some memory usage improvements, and many
DRI2 fixes.

The 1.9 server has a new input and video ABI which means existing driver
packages will break.

The server needs to be uploaded first so the new drivers build against
the correct ABI, which means that there will be a period where safe
upgrades will have held-back packages.  The dependencies should ensure
that you won't accidentally get a non-working combination of X server
and drivers, but be careful if an upgrade wants to remove X packages.

Happy testing!
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