Landing today within Ubuntu's 12.04 "Precise Pangolin" repository is Weston
, the reference compositor for the Wayland Display Server. Unfortunately, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS won't have a full-on Wayland preview as was originally hoped for
Following a sync from Debian, landing
today was the Weston package as the reference compositor to Wayland. This sync was the initial Weston 0.85 release. The Wayland/Weston 0.85 release was made in early February
in preparation for a stable Wayland 1.0 release
later in 2012. Wayland 0.85 itself has already been available in the Ubuntu "Precise" repository.
While this may seem good, the disappointing part is that -- as of right now -- the GTK+ build is likely not to support Wayland. Since the GTK+ Wayland work was merged following the Ubuntu 12.04 feature freeze, the Ubuntu developers don't want to pass enabling the --enable-wayland-backend
option for having the dynamic Wayland back-end to the GTK+ tool-kit. This will present several applications from running on Wayland.
This Ubuntu 12.04 Wayland issue was expressed today on the Wayland mailing list
. That mailing list post also has updates on the state of Wayland ports for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome/Chromium. Google's Chromium OS platform is also now successful in some level of Wayland support.
If you're interested in Wayland on Ubuntu Linux as a replacement to an X.Org Server, you'll be better off waiting for Ubuntu 12.10 or more likely will be Ubuntu 13.04.