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Wayland Is Almost Ready For Showing Off

Wayland

Published on 30 January 2012 02:53 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland
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If you haven't tried out the Wayland Display Server as of late, after there being a stream of new announcements, you probably should or at least check out the videos in this posting. The Wayland Display Server is becoming more lively and slowly reaching a point where it may be possible for some to use it on a day-to-day basis.

The most recent Wayland announcement came this weekend on Phoronix when Wayland gained support for surface transformations. Not only can Wayland surfaces now be transformed in interesting ways -- either for useful purposes like zooming-in on your desktop or just being used to show-it off and "desktop bling" -- but Wayland is even properly handling the input transformations (something that's been a problem in the X.Org world).

A Phoronix reader, who has also been working on a Wayland LiveCD demo of this interesting next-generation Linux desktop technology, has already made a video of the surface/input transformations in action. If you're interested in seeing this Wayland/Weston support today, watch the video embedded below.


The Phoronix reader, "nerdopolis", has also posted some other interesting Wayland videos lately.


Here is GTK and Qt applications, among others, running natively on Wayland. For some light desktop use-cases, using Wayland instead of a traditional X.Org server may soon be a possibility. The Qt 5.0, GTK+ 3, and Clutter support for Wayland all is coming together nicely along with the EFL/Enlightenment support.

Kristian Høgsberg, the founder and current leader of the Wayland project, will be speaking this weekend at FOSDEM 2012. Kristian will be showing off some interesting progress with Wayland so if you won't be in Brussels, be sure to check out the coverage (including audio/videos) on Phoronix after the event.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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