X.org 7.2 hitting ports tree

This is really good news. X.org 7.2 has hit the ports tree. Beryl and other 3-D goodies can now be installed on FreeBSD.

Dear FreeBSD Users,

Within the next 24 hours, the long-awaited update to the X.org 7.2 windowing system will be committed to the ports tree. This upgrade has been 6 months in the making and would not have been possible without the dedicated work of Florent Thoumie, Dejan Lesjak and many others in our army of developers.

For the past two weeks the ports tree has been frozen while our developer community has concentrated on testing and refining the upgrade process. This is a major upgrade, but we have worked hard to smooth out the road bumps that have been encountered during testing so far. We believe that the upgrade is now ready for general deployment, but particularly cautious users may wish to delay their upgrades and monitor the freebsd-ports@FreeBSD.org and freebsd-x11@FreeBSD.org mailing lists for discussion of remaining issues that may be encountered by users.

Please note that it will unfortunately not be possible to perform this update without some manual intervention. Please refer to the /usr/ports/UPDATING file to learn about the steps necessary, and the changes involved. One important aspect of the upgrade is that X.org 7.x is no longer installed in the /usr/X11R6 directory; instead it installs in /usr/local along with the other ports.

If you are running an automatic port rebuild script from e.g. cron, you will want to disable that. In general we do not recommend automatic updates because of the potential to cause unrecoverable errors when problems are encountered.

Thank you for your patience while we have prepared this change. The tree will remain semi-frozen for another few days after the import takes place while we wait for all the changes to settle out (the duration of this freeze will depend on any problem reports we receive from the user community).

We hope you all enjoy the new X version!

Kris

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