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A Linux LiveCD To Play With Wayland/Weston

Ubuntu

Published on 10 August 2012 01:19 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu
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If you're sad about Ubuntu delaying their Wayland System Compositor and want to take Wayland/Weston for a spin, there's another alternative for playing with this next-generation Linux desktop technology.

For a Wayland-based LiveCD that is designed for showing off Wayland/Weston and related technologies, there is the oddly-named RebeccaBlack OS. The developer of this Linux OS, who says that distribution is named in honor of his favorite celebrity (Rebecca Black), released a new spin this week.

The new LiveCD updates Wayland, XWayland, and other components. "I feel this version might actually somewhat usable."

This Wayland LiveCD also ships with the Wayland versions of Qt, SDL, GTK, and EFL. Clutter though is missing since this tool-kit has yet to be ported to the Wayland 0.95 protocol. The updated RebeccaBlack OS also adds a Xorg-backed Wayland implementation that calls Weston with the X11 back-end full-screen on top of an X.Org Server for hardware/drivers that don't support Wayland at this time.

RebeccaBlack OS is based upon the Ubuntu 12.10 Linux packages.

This distribution can be downloaded from SourceForge.net.

Update: Here's a Phoronix preview of this latest Wayland/Weston implementation, including screenshots of this new RebeccaBlack OS release.

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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