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Wayland 1.0 Stable Release Is Imminent

Wayland

Published on 21 September 2012 02:55 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland
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Kristian Høgsberg spoke this week at XDC2012 about Wayland and Weston. Here's a short recap plus some videos that include new demos of this promising project.

Kristian began with a Wayland/Weston status and overview where he reiterated information about the desktop technology that has advanced in recent months -- pretty much what's already been covered by past Phoronix Wayland articles.

During his first presentation, Kristian reaffirmed that the Wayland/Weston 1.0 release is just a few weeks away. With Wayland 1.0, the protocol and API will become stable and maintain backwards compatibility with future stable releases. "1.0 basically means we continue developing Wayland in a backwards-compatible way."

Kristian added, "With 1.0 we're going to stop breaking things. This will make an easier job for tool-kit developers."

So nothing really new or groundbreaking was shared, but confirmation of his recent work and that Wayland 1.0 is coming soon. Though one big item worth noting is that Kristian has been working on the network transparency side to Wayland/Weston. Kristian demoed some unreleased patches that many people seem to get excited about this since they wrongly think that this X11 feature will go away with Wayland.

Kristian also talked about XWayland, which will hopefully be merged into X.Org Server 1.14.


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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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