Xorg 7 impressions
I just had a chance to try out the newest release of Xorg windowing system AKA X11. It is the release 7 or X11R7 which also tends to be called the "modular xorg" from what I've seen because it has completely changed from being "monolithic" in its architecture to being "modular".
I first wanted to use normal X11R6.8.2 on my new Arch installation thinking I could get my savage direct rendering to work there, but it turned out that DRI project (dri.freedesktop.org) is removing support from old Xorg (they just yesterday removed the old DRI snapshots) so I was left with upgrading to the latest xorg as the best option. And I didn't regret it.
The new xorg no longer requires me to manually download and install snapshots to get DRI working because now I can get it to working by just installing a normal savage driver package. There's no more hassle just to get 24 bit colors and 3D acceleration working.
Also, since it is now modular, you have to install keyboard and mouse drivers separately (it's just one package for each), but that will probably be preinstalled in most distros that'll support xorg7 so it's not a problem. Also, there is no more /usr/X11R6 directory as all xorg binaries are now in standard /usr tree, which I like.
New xorg also seems speedier, it's xorgconfig has better detection (for example I didn't have to manually edit xorg.conf to get my mouse scroll to work) and overall seems to be a great improvement, and who knows what all great features are beneath the hood.
So there, if nothing else then this rant could serve to let you know that if you're fighting to get direct rendering working for your graphics chip, you might wanna give xorg 7 a go.