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ANNOUNCEMENT (March 26, 2004), read it here. Until the revision control system is set up again, regular updates to this website will be limited, since they aren't accounted for under revision control. EOT

Xouvert is the open, innovative X server that brings tomorrow's technology to your desktop today! Xouvert is an experimental branch of the X server shipped by XFree86 (TM). We are doing everything we can to make the barrier to entry low for potential contributors. Our organization is inspired by that of the Linux kernel, Debian distribution, and GNOME and KDE desktops.

Xouvert will have a new stable release every six months. Security fixes and driver fixes/updates will be made available daily in a form that is easy to install, or even update automatically. We plan to make the source code more modular, to make this task easier.

Roadmap

Next Release (April 1, 2004)

We will make the X server architecture more modular, as described in this email from Owen Taylor. We will also put in place the infrastructure to release daily binary snapshots in RPM, Debian, and tar.gz formats for all major distributions. Priority will be given to those that provide us with facilities for compiling and testing. We will continue to incorporate new video drivers and bugfixes as they become available. We will definately incorporate the work of the DRI/DRM project by this release, and hopefully also we will have the MAS(R) sound extension to X integrated as well. We may update the build system with a make/automake/autoconf replacement based on extending the Scheme dialect implemented by a small Scheme interpeter.

What is Arch?

Arch is what makes Xouvert possible. Arch is Tom Lord's advanced changeset management system, a superset of mere "revision control systems" like CVS and Subversion. Arch will let us make radical changes to the directory layout of Xouvert, yet still be able to easily track and apply the changes in the original XFree86 tree.

The clean design of arch makes it trivial for anyone who downloads our source code to create their own local "branch" for development, keep it under revision control, then have their modifications merged, with complete history, back upstream at some point in the future. This is next to impossible to do with CVS.

How "Open" is "Open"?

Why?

What kind of a name is Xouvert?

Xouvert is named after the ancient Babylonian goddess of open windows, wooden digging implements, and moonlight. A notorious ritual among the higher levels of Freemasonry has kept her memory alive until now. Xouvert, awake!

How do you pronounce it?

Zoo-vaire.

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