X.Org X11 6.8.2rc1 a.k.a 188.8.131.521 is now in Fedora Development
(rawhide) for testing. This new X11 test release is from the stable
bugfix-only 6.8-branch of X.Org X11 CVS. The new release fixes a large
number of bugs in 6.8.1 which have been reported since it was released,
including fixes to the X server, radeon and other drivers, and addition
of PCI IDs of some newer hardware.
This is strictly a bug fix only release, and contains no new major
features. If you experienced a bug in X.Org 6.8.1 or earlier which is
still present in the currently shipping Fedora Core xorg-x11 update, you
may want to install this release candidate to see if your bug may have
For a complete list of the specific issues that have been fixed in the
new release, I refer you to the X.org CVS changelog (xc/ChangeLog) in
the X.Org source code, and the Red Hat rpm spec file changelog. This is
the only location the changes are documented in, so read these 2 places
if you want to know the details, as this is the only locations the
changes are documented.
After upgrading to test the new release, if you experience any new bugs
or regressions, please be sure to file them in X.Org's official
bugzilla, which is located at:
in the "xorg" component.
Be sure to indicate in your bug report the version of Fedora Core you
are using, and the specific xorg-x11 rpm version-release from rawhide,
which can be obtained by running "rpm -q xorg-x11". Also, make sure you
attach your X server log and config file to the bug report as single
uncompressed file attachments using the bugzilla file attachment
interface. If your problem is lockup/crash related, or DRI/AGP related,
also attach your complete /var/log/messages from the time of boot
onward, so there is sufficient information present in the bug report for
an initial analysis.
If you experience any problems that are related specifically to the rpm
packaging of xorg-x11, and not the software itself, please file them in
Red Hat bugzilla instead, in the "xorg-x11" component.
1) Someone has reported a bug already, in which after upgrading to the
new X.Org, their config file was renamed from xorg.conf to
xorg.conf.backup. If this happens for you, just rename it back to
xorg.conf and it should work as before. Don't report this bug in
bugzilla again, as we already know about it and will be investigating it
2) Compatibility with 3rd party and proprietary video drivers: This
release of X.Org is believed to be 100% ABI compatible with 6.8.1. As
such, proprietary and other 3rd party drivers should function with this
test release if they worked with 6.8.1. One important thing to note
however, is that various 3rd party driver installation mechanisms such
as Nvidia's proprietary driver installer, improperly overwrite X.Org
supplied files which are managed by RPM in Fedora Core.
When you upgrade X.Org via rpm, some of the 3rd party driver files (most
noteably libGL and libglx.a for Nvidia) will probably be overwritten by
the new X.Org supplied files in rpm format. The simplest solution to
this problem, is to obtain your Nvidia or ATI proprietary drivers in RPM
Alternatively, you can redownload the driver again from wherever you got
it the first time, and reinstall it.
If you experience any problems with unsupported 3rd party drivers,
report them directly to the vendor who supplied the drivers, not to Red
Hat. In the extremely unlikely event the X server module ABI has
changed unexpectedly, if you experience proprietary driver problems with
the new X server which you believe may be due to accidental regression
in the X server, report it to X.Org in the http://bugs.freedesktop.org
bugzilla, so the issue can be investigated before the 6.8.2 release
3) If you experience ANY problems that you are planning on filing in any
bugzilla, make sure you query that bugzilla's both open and closed bugs
to see if the issue has already been reported. Quite often people don't
do this critical step and an issue ends up being reported a large number
of times, which wastes developers time closing duplicates that they
could be spending fixing bugs.
On behalf of Red Hat, as well as X.Org, I would like to thank all of the
brave beta testers out there in advance for testing this new X.Org
stable release candidate. Enjoy.