The final release of X Server 1.8 is just three months away and is scheduled to release on the 31st of March, 2010. The date of March 31st, 2010 will also mark a significant day of the release of Gnome 3.0 Gnome 2.30.
X Server 1.8 has released its second snapshot version for those who want to try out this new X.Org server in development. With the release of the second snapshot, we already have a broken X Server ABI for input, video and some extensions, which needs to be fixed. The ABI (application binary interface) will need a driver update for compatibility with NVIDIA and ATI/AMD binaries.
The snapshot two release has over 150 fixes and corrections to the last snapshot release. X.Org will feature a major improvement with the removal of HAL, which is an API, currently used to identify hardware devices.
These new features and developments will make the period of March-April 2010 very crucial for Linux, especially for Ubuntu.
The release notes for the development release can be seen here.