X Developers Conference 2006

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As a followon to previous conferences, we invite presentations on all topics related to the development and furtherance of X Window System technologies.

If you wish to volunteer to give a presentation or lead a discussion, please send e-mail to xdevconf@lists.freedesktop.org. In addition, if you have specific topics you'd like to see discussed in a presentation or during informal sessions, please send e-mail with your suggestions to that address as well.

Location and Dates

The next X.Org Developer's Conference will be held from February 8, 2006 to February 10, 2006 at the Sun Microsystems Santa Clara (Agnews) Campus in Santa Clara, CA, USA. (Driving Directions)

Building Change

Same Sun Santa Clara Campus, but we have acquired a room inside the Fortress. The Building Name is SCA15, room "HARVARD" on the first floor. This building is accessed from the NorthEast side of the campus, a short, direct walk from the RiverMark Plaza shopping area/Sierra Suites area.

(Google Map of the Sun Campus, Centered on SCA15)

We have an attended lobby with badges for everyone listed on this Wiki page. If you do not see your name here, let me know ASAP or you will not gain admittance to the conference.



Simple: Send email to stuart.kreitman@sun.com

Conference Notes

Notes from the presentations are being maintained by Adam Jackson (Presentation Notes). (thanks, Adam! skk)

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

  • 8:00 AM Room Open, Get Togethers, Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM Real Start: Welcome, logistics, agenda, schedule bashing
  • 9:30 AM Board of Directors Introductions
  • 10:00 AM "Xgl" - David Reveman, Novell (Slides)
  • 11:00 AM "Avalon" - Matthias Hopf
  • 12:00 AM Lunch
  • 1:00 PM "Status Update on Project Looking Glass" - Deron Johnson, Sun
  • 1:30 PM "Coordinate Redirection" - Keith Packard
  • 2:00 PM "NVIDIA Driver Internals" - Andy Ritger, Nvidia (Slides)
  • 3:00 PM "Development Challenges for X and GL" - Kevin Martin, Red Hat (Slides)
  • 4:00 PM "Device Driver Issues TBD" - David Airlie
  • 5:00 PM "X on Small Devices, Nokia 770" - Tapani Pälli, Nokia (Slides)
  • 6:00 PM Shuttle to El Torito's Mexican Restaurant (2950 Lakeside Dr, Santa Clara), Dinner Hosted by StarNet Communications
  • 9:00 PM Shuttle back to Campus, Hotels

Thursday, February 9, 2006

  • 9:00 AM Soft Start (joint Board/Sponsor's headbashing from 7:30 to 10:00)
  • 10:00 AM Real Start
  • 10:00 AM "What Accessibility Needs from X" - Peter Korn, Sun
  • 11:00 AM Open Time Slot - BREAKOUT SESSIONS
    • XCB status update - Keith Packard
    • GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap spec wrangling - numerous people
  • 12:00 AM Lunch "Open Solaris, Open Source Development at Sun"
    • Stephen Harpster, Director of Open Solaris, Sun Microsystems
  • 1:00 PM "Accelerated Indirect GLX" - Kristian Høgsberg, Red Hat (slides)
  • 2:00 PM "A preview of the GNOME compositing manager" - Søren Sandmann Pedersen, Red Hat
  • 3:00 PM "Deconstructing X Server Configuration" - Adam Jackson, Red Hat (slides)
  • 4:00 PM Break, Depart for Intel computer museum
  • 6:00 PM Shuttle to Mountain View Castro Street Restaurant District
  • 8:30 PM Everyone meet at Tied House Brewery off of Castro
  • 10:00 PM Shuttle back to conference center

Friday, February 10, 2006

  • 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM Start
  • 9:00 AM "Power Management for Graphics Subsystems" - Jay Cotton, Sun (slides)
  • 10:00 AM "Beyond Modelines: Xorg Display Configuration" - Stuart Kreitman, Sun
  • 11:00 AM "Challenges of OLPC Graphics" - Jim Gettys, OLPC
  • 12:00 AM Lunch
  • 1:00 PM "New DRI memory manager and i915 driver update" - Keith Whitwell & Thomas Hellstrom, Tungsten Graphics (slides)
  • 2:00 PM "Evolving" - Zack Rusin (cancelled)
  • 3:00 PM TALKS ARE OVER! Beer by the case. We'll keep the room open till 6
  • 6:00 PM BYE ALL!!
Hackfesting, Brainstorming, and Beer

In response to feedback from previous Developer Conferences, we will enable good amounts of time, infrastructure, and space for getting actual work done.

Proposed Breakout Sessions/Hacking Focus on:

  • Display configuration
  • Accessibility
  • Composite-aware managers
  • Composite-aware screen magnification
  • Live Video
  • Security
  • Thin Client and workstation performance analysis
  • Composite / OpenGL compatibility
  • Composite / XVideo compatibility
  • Making X pixmaps directly usable as textures by OpenGL clients
  • A session on improvements that should be made to OpenGL texture resource management in order to gracefully operate in an environment where all running programs are using textures

Please submit your interest in these and other topics.

Confirmed Attendees

Mahmood Ali, David Airlie, Paul Anderson, Stuart Anderson, Jesse Barnes, Billy Biggs, Eric Boucher, David J. Brown, Ignacio Castano, Jesse Clayton, Alan Coopersmith, Jay Cotton, Jim Gettys, Alexandre Gouaillard, Thomas Hellstrom, Jay Hobson, Kristian Høgsberg, Alan Hourihane, David Hoover, Matthias Hopf, Harold Hunt, Adam Jackson, Deron Johnson, James Jones, Joe Kain, Stuart Kreitman, Tommi Komulainen, Peter Korn, Carol Lavelle, Phillip Langdale, Sam Lau, John M. Martin Jim McQuillan, Kevin E. Martin, Valery Moya, Shrijeet Mukherjee, Jens Owen, Keith Packard, Tapani Pälli, Stuart Parmenter, Søren Sandmann Pedersen, Aaron Plattner, Martin Porcelli, Nivedita Rao, Andy Ritger, Zack Rusin, Bankim Shah, Jamie Sharp, David Schleef, Steve Schoch, Leon Shiman, Edward Shu, Paul Swart, Carl Switzky, Vladimir Vukicevic, Keith Whitwell, Henry Zhao, Daniel Zhu,

Count: 59


The nearest airport is San Jose Mineta ("SJC"). Distance to Sun Santa Clara Campus Bell Tower is 3 miles. San Francisco Airport ("SFO") is larger and be more accessible by air. It is about 45 miles north of the Bell Tower, but you can take the Caltrain shuttle down to Santa Clara or up to San Francisco. The Sunway shuttle stops at various caltrain stations near Santa Clara and Menlo Park. Bicycles are permitted on the caltrain and Sunway.


Stay tuned for a list of closeby hotels with favorable rates and shuttle bus availability

This is California. Public transportation is mostly nonexistant. You don't get anywhere without wheels. Therefore, we are working on attaching the SunWay shuttle fleet to help move willing groups of people to the selected evening events. We will make every attempt to minimize the need for having a car during this conference. Carpooling will figure large in this endeavor, so please indicate whether you will have seats available, or will need a seat during your stay here.

Update, Dec 13, 2005:

It looks like we will be able to provide Sunway Shuttle service for airport pickups, hotel sweeps, and evenings out. We do need headcount for these resources ASAP.

Feb 6,2006: Having received zero requests for ground transportation, this option is no longer being offered.

Recommended Hotels

  • Sierra Suites, 3915 Rivermark Plaza, Santa Clara, CA (408) 486-0800
    • 3 miles from SJC, Walking Distance to Conference.
  • Biltmore Hotel, 2151 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara (408) 988-8411, (800) 255-9925
  • DoubleTree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose (408) 453-4000
  • Embassy Suites, 2885 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara (408) 496-6400
  • Hyatt San Jose, 1740 North 1st Street, San Jose (408) 993-1234, (888) 975-1234
  • Marriott Santa Clara, 2700 Mission College Boulevard, (408) 988-1500
  • Santa Clara Hilton, 4949 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara (408) 330-0001
  • Staybridge Suites, 900 Hamlin Court, Sunnyvale (408) 745-1515
  • Staybridge Suites, 1602 Crane Court, San Jose (408) 436-1600
  • Westin Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara (408) 986-0700
  • Wyndham Hotels, 1350 North 1st Street, San Jose (408) 453-6200