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What Wayland's Development Looks Like

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Published on 03 November 2012 12:52 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland
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With the recent release of Wayland 1.0, here's a visualization that looks back on the development of Wayland/Weston going back to 2008 when it was born as a small project by Kristian Høgsberg at Red Hat.

After being reminded about Gource from the libvirt 1.0 release article this week, I decided to apply Gource to the Wayland Git tree followed by the Weston reference compositor.

The visualization of Wayland's development begins in 2008 when Wayland was born as a small personal project of Kristian Høgsberg. At the time he was working at Red Hat and this was just a side-project, before being hired by Intel's Open-Source Technology Center to work on Wayland full-time where there is also numerous other developers now also dedicated to this X11-alternative.

The visualization begins quite simple and then goes on to show the size of Wayland growing, the splitting of Wayland into the display server protocol / library and the Weston reference compositor, the project being mostly a single-handed initiative until late 2010, and since then its development really taking off.

And then the visualization of Wayland's Weston compositor:

For those curious about other Wayland development stats, including the top contributors to the open-source project, see this earlier article. If you want to try out the latest (experimental) Wayland/Weston technology, check out the LiveCD.

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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