1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Ubuntu 13.04 Enables The Wayland Support For GTK+

Wayland

Published on 27 January 2013 01:09 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland
10 Comments

While in December Canonical said they wouldn't fix GTK+ support for Wayland, earlier this month they decided they would enable the Wayland back-end for GTK+ in Ubuntu 13.04. That change has now been made and Ubuntu's GTK+ tool-kit will function in a Wayland environment.

The gtk+3.0 3.6.4-0ubuntu2 package was uploaded to the Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" archive on Friday, which enables the Wayland back-end. This Wayland back-end for GTK3 can be dynamically enabled at run-time via setting the GDK_BACKEND environment variable to wayland.

With GDK_BACKEND=wayland set, common GTK+ applications should now be able to launch and (at least mostly) work within a Wayland/Weston environment. You can try this by installing Wayland/Weston from the Ubuntu archive and using the weston-launch executable.

Among the applications known to work right now on Wayland that are dependent upon GTK+ include the GNOME Calculator, Baobab, File Roller, Charmap, Gwibber, Brasero, GNOME Sound Record, Gedit, and GNOME Terminal. Some GNOME packages like GNOME Sudoku, GNOME System Monitor, Nautilus, Rhythmbox, Totem, Chromium, and Firefox are not working at this point. Applications using direct X11 calls or other non-standard functionality will require additional work to be ported to a Wayland-friendly world.

Enabling the Wayland back-end for GTK+ in Ubuntu closes this Launchpad bug.

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 .
Latest Articles & Reviews
  1. Linux Compiler Benchmarks Of LLVM Clang 3.5 vs. LLVM Clang 3.6-rc1
  2. Intel Broadwell HD Graphics 5500: Windows 8.1 vs. Linux
  3. Linux Benchmarks Of NVIDIA's Early 2015 GeForce Line-Up
  4. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960: A Great $200 GPU For Linux Gamers
  5. Disk Encryption Tests On Fedora 21
  6. Xonotic 0.8 Performance With The Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA Gallium3D Drivers
Latest Linux News
  1. Chromebook "Rush" With 64-bit Tegra SoC Support Lands In Coreboot
  2. 2015 X.Org Elections Get Underway For Board Members, SPI Merger
  3. Linux 3.19-rc6 Kernel Released: LInux 3.19 Final In Two Weeks
  4. Ubuntu's Mir Gains Server-Side Platform Probing
  5. Broadwell Linux Ultrabook Running MUCH Cooler Than Haswell
  6. LZHAM 1.0 Lossless Data Compression Codec Released
  7. LibreOffice 4.4 Is Coming Soon With New Features
  8. Linux Users Upset By Chromium's Busted HiDPI Support
  9. BPF Backend Merged Into LLVM To Make Use Of New Kernel Functionality
  10. Dying Light Is Headed To Linux, SteamOS
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. Windows 10 To Be A Free Upgrade: What Linux Users Need To Know
  2. Google Admin Encourages Trying Btrfs, Not ZFS On Linux
  3. TraceFS: The Newest Linux File-System
  4. My Initial Intel Broadwell Linux Experience With The ThinkPad X1 Carbon
  5. Mozilla's Servo Still On Track For 2015 Alpha Release
  6. Fedora 23 Likely To Pursue Wayland By Default
  7. Keith Packard Leaves Intel's Linux Graphics Work
  8. A Proposal To Go 64-bit Only With Fedora 23