X.Org Server 1.21 has been in development for several years. However, it was not errors in the code that held the release back, but the lack of a release manager. The last version X.Org Server 1.20 was released over three years ago. Mostly had previously taken over this position from Red Hat, but apparently no longer interested in X.Org in light of Wayland. Since no other organization took over the role, a release manager was missing for X.Org Server 1.21 for a long time.
Preparations for X.Org Server 21.1 started
Now it seems that we can expect a release of X.Org Server 1.21 this year, but with a different version than X.Org Server 21.1. The independent Lithuanian developerhas started to the release . There are still a few bugs in the master branch, but the release preparations could already begin. Kanapickas had already released the development snapshot at the beginning of June .
His plan is to freeze the ABI on August 16 and submit a first release candidate by August 30. which is to be followed by another candidate every two weeks until X.Org Server 21.1 is ready for publication. In contrast to the procedure for earlier releases, the Git is already burned before the first RC instead of only after the stable release.
XWayland is published separately
The reason for this is that the XWayland code is being removed for the RC versions, as XWayland was decoupled in March due to the delays in the release of X.Org and has since been released separately on the basis of the master on Git. The first release of the standalone XWayland package took place with Fedora 34. Accordingly, after the release of RC 1, the master branch will again be open to changes aimed at the next version.