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Wayland 1.1, Weston 1.1 Pack Lots Of New Features

Wayland

Published on 09 April 2013 10:25 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland
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Version 1.1 of Wayland and the Weston reference compositor will soon be released. The first major post-1.0 updates to Wayland/Weston bring a number of exciting features to this next-generation Linux display server.

Kristian Høgsberg has been preparing to get Wayland/Weston 1.1 out the door, which originally he hoped to have done by the end of March. However, a few remaining issues lingered, but now those are getting addressed.

Originally the next major release of Wayland was going to be Wayland 1.2, but Kristian decided to use the Wayland/Weston 1.1.x series instead. Going forward, Kristian is planning for feature updates to Wayland/Weston on a quarterly basis.

Among the features that were incorporated for the soon-to-be-released Wayland/Weston 1.1 include a Raspberry Pi back-end, various optimizations, touch-screen calibration support, a software-based Pixman renderer back-end, a module SDK for out-of-tree development, buffer-age extension support with the KMS back-end, an RDP back-end for the Remote Desktop Protocol, an FBDEV back-end to run on a frame-buffer device, and a headless back-end.

This is quite an exciting feature release ahead! There's also a fair amount of bug-fixes and other optimizations too for this second major stable release of Wayland and Weston.

Not yet ready for the Wayland/Weston 1.1 series is the IMBus + OSK work, sub-surface / surface group support, and remote rendering functionality. There's still a chance though that Kristian's remote rendering support for Wayland will still be merged prior to Wayland 1.1.

Look for the Wayland/Weston 1.1 release soon, which will be covered again on Phoronix at that time. For more details on the imminent Wayland update, see this mailing list update.

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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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