X.Org Foundation

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X.Org Foundation
X.Org Logo.svg
Founded January 22, 2004; 10 years ago (2004-01-22)
Type Non-profit
Product X.Org Server
Method Development
Website http://www.x.org/

The X.Org Foundation is a non-profit corporation chartered to develop and execute effective strategies that provide worldwide stewardship and encouragement of the X Window System and related projects (Mesa 3D, Direct Rendering Infrastructure, Wayland, et al.).[1]

The X.Org Foundation does not provide technical guidance, roadmaps or deadlines, releases or supervision of any kind.

The X.Org Foundation does provide communication tools (in relation with freedesktop.org), an annual physical meeting and money to help developing the Graphics stack.

  • The physical meeting is the X.Org Developer’s Conference (XDC/XDS),[2] which is organized once a year, around September/October and alternates between the US and Europe and lasts for 3 days.
  • Travel sponsorship: The board of directors can cover the travel and accommodation expenses to the developers who couldn’t attend an X.Org-related conference (XDC or FOSDEM?) otherwise.
  • The X.Org Foundation is an approved organization of the Google Summer of Code (GSoC). This allows students to participate to X.Org-related projects over the summer and get paid to flip bits, not burgers. For example, the GSoC projects of 2013 were:
    • David Hermann (Dave Airlie): Render Nodes (cf. Direct Rendering Manager) and security fixes
    • Samuel Pitoiset (Martin Peres): Reverse engineering performance counters on NVIDIA cards and exposing Fermi MP counters in Mesa;
    • Dylan Noblesmith (Ian Romanick): Implementing GL EXT direct state access.
  • Endless Vacation of Code (EVoC): EVoC is a GSoC-like project, funded by the X.Org Foundation. It allows students to participate to X.Org-related projects during their vacation, at any time of the year.
  • Communication: Google+ and Twitter Google+/YouTube: Store and/or link to talk videos, slides,

blog articles or G+ posts related to projects under our umbrella (Martin Peres); Twitter: Mostly security issues, random updates (Alan Coopersmith).

  • There is an X.Org developer guide written by Alan Coopersmith, Matt Dew and the X.Org team; edited by Bart Massey at http://www.x.org/wiki/guide/

The X.Org Foundation organizes the annual X.Org Developer's Conference (XDC) and sponsors students to work on X.Org as part of their X.Org Endless Vacation of Code initiative.[3]

The X.Org Server and xlib are the reference implementation of the X protocol, and is commonly used on Linux and UNIX; it is the fundamental technology underlying both the modern GNOME and KDE desktops and older CDE desktop environment; applications written for any of these environments can be run simultaneously.

Along with reference implementation of X protocol X.org Foundation hosts development of several utilities and example applications, including xcalc on-screen calculator, xclock simple digital and analog clock, xedit text editor, xload periodically updated histogram of the average system load, xterm terminal emulator, xeyes (shows a pair of eyes which follow the cursor).

As of April 2013, the Board of Directors consisted of Alan Coopersmith, Alex Deucher, Martin Peres, Matt Dew, Matthias Hopf, Peter Hutterer (Secretary), Stuart Kreitman (Treasurer), and Keith Packard.[4]

X.Org Developer's Conference[edit]

Conference history[edit]

Event Date Venue and host city Keynote Speakers Resources
XDC2006 February 8–10 2006 Santa Clara, California, United States ... http://wiki.x.org/wiki/Events/XDC2006/
XDC2007 February 7–9 2007 Menlo Park, California, United States ... http://wiki.x.org/wiki/Events/XDC2007/
XDS2007 September 10–12 2007 Clare College, Cambridge, United Kingdom ... http://wiki.x.org/wiki/Events/XDS2007/
XDC2008 April 16–18 2008 Mountain View, California, United States ... http://wiki.x.org/wiki/Events/XDC2008/
XDC2009 September 28–30 2009 Portland, Oregon, United States ... http://wiki.x.org/wiki/Events/XDC2009/
XDS2010 September 16–18 2010 Toulouse, France ... http://wiki.x.org/wiki/Events/XDS2010/
XDC2011 September 12–14 2011 Chicago Illinois, United States ... http://wiki.x.org/wiki/Events/XDC2011/
XDC2012 September 19–21 2012 Nürnberg, Germany ... http://wiki.x.org/wiki/Events/XDC2012/
XDC2013 September 23–25 2013 Portland, Oregon, USA ... http://wiki.x.org/wiki/Events/XDC2013/
XDC2014 October 8–10 2014 Bordeaux, France ... http://wiki.x.org/wiki/Events/XDC2014/

History[edit]

The X.Org Foundation was founded on 22 January 2004.[5]

The modern X.Org Foundation came into being when the body that oversaw X standards and published the official reference implementation joined forces with former XFree86 developers. The creation of the Foundation marked a radical change in the governance of X (see the history of the X Window System). Whereas the stewards of X since 1988 (including the previous X.Org, part of The Open Group) had been vendor organizations, the Foundation is led by software developers and using community development on the bazaar model, which relies on outside involvement. Membership is also open to individuals, with corporate membership being in the form of sponsorship.

In 2005 the X.Org Foundation applied for 501(c)(3) status. In 2012, with the help of the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), the Foundation gained the status. In 2013, the Foundation lost the status because they didn't fill a tax form (it had no income to declare and didn’t get any info from SFLC) and in the same year it got the status again, after clearing up the issue.[6] In the future, the Software in the Public Interest (SPI) will manage stuff.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FOSDEM2014: State of the X.Org Foundation". 2014-02-01. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  2. ^ "The 2013 "State of X.Org" report". LWN.net. 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  3. ^ "The X.Org Endless Vacation of Code (EVoC)". 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  4. ^ "The X.Org Foundation Board of Directors". 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  5. ^ "X.Org Foundation releases X Window System X11R6.7". LWN.net. 2004-04-07. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  6. ^ "The X.Org Foundation and the 501(c)(3) status". 

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