Help neeeded to stabilize libxcb 1.4 and xorg-server 1.6

Here we go again. This time, we’re going for the double sweepstakes as we’re trying to stabilize both libxcb 1.4 and xorg-server 1.6!

For once, the server upgrade shouldn’t be too hard and the server upgrade guide is remarkably slim. There’s been no change in input, nor HAL, nor just about anything else for most users.

Only Intel users might have a few surprises with DRI2 and UXA. But at this point, they should be good surprises :)

However, the libxcb upgrade is going to cause more troubles for some users. If you are/were using x11-libs/libX11 with USE="xcb", then you might have to rebuild lots of packages. This is why we’ve taken such a long time to unmask and stabilize libxcb 1.4. But now, we’ve worked hard to write a proper libxcb upgrade guide, which users are definitely going to want to read.

I would say the libxcb guide is more important than the xorg-server upgrade guide.

Anyhow, right now, I calling out for help among our stable users. If you’ve always wanted to contribute to Gentoo but didn’t know how, here’s your chance.

  1. Grab the stabilization list from bug #282290
  2. Append it to your /etc/portage/package.keywords
  3. run : emerge -DuNa world like always to update

Again, don’t forget to read both upgrade guides before running the update, just so you don’t start panicking when portage is unable to continue the upgrade.

As always, you’re more than welcome to CC yourself in the stabilization tracker, but please DO NOT COMMENT IN THE TRACKER if you have issues, you’ll just annoy everyone there. Just file a new bug and we’ll look at it.

Don’t forget that most X maintainers lurk in #gentoo-desktop on FreeNode if you have any questions.

That’s all for today