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The Hawaii Desktop Readies To Dance On Wayland

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Published on 30 January 2013 02:00 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland
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With the Green Island Compositor, the Hawaii Desktop is looking to be the very first Wayland-friendly desktop environment for Linux.

Back in October just after the release of Wayland 1.0 is when I first mentioned Green Island / Hawaii. The Hawaii desktop is the product of the Maui OS team, a Linux distribution that's trying to avoid traditional packages and instead provide a minimal image with the Linux kernel, systemd, ConnMan, and other core components, while being powered by a Wayland desktop.

While carrying a focus for Maui OS, the Wayland-driven desktop can be installed for other Linux distributions too.

It's been a few months since hearing anything about these Wayland desktop efforts, but it turns out that the efforts are still ongoing and quite active. The GitHub repositories for the Hawaii Desktop project range from being updated hours to a couple days ago.

The work on the Hawaii Desktop includes early ports for KDE Frameworks 5, the KDE library staging area Qt 5 pulls, the Green Island Wayland Compositor and Shell, a log-in manager, their Swordfish file manager, and other work for the Wayland-driven desktop.

I was reminded of the work on Hawaii / Green Island when writing a few days ago about Qt 5.1's better support for Wayland.

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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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