The X Consortium has been separated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is now an independent non-profit organisation under president Luther Abel. Founder Bob Scheifler will stay with the keeper of the X Window System standards until next February. The Consrtium will be looking for new members to add to the 100 that it currently has. Meanwhile the X Consortium will manage the PEX Interoperability Center responsible for the distributed three-dimensional network graphics protocol, which will be an extension to the X Window System specification. It will be moved out of Convex Computer Corp’s Richardson, Texas base, and over to the consortium’s new headquarters, which remain in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its scope will be expanded to include interoperability testing for other X Window-related technologies. Last week at the Autofact show, the X Consortium announced public availability of the Common Graphics Environment for the PEX 5.1 specification – which adds support for texture mapping, transparency and anti-aliasing.