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Wayland 1.1 Officially Released With Weston 1.1

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Published on 16 April 2013 03:54 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland
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The first post-1.0 release of the Wayland Display Server protocol and the Weston reference compositor implementation has been released.

Kristian Høgsberg released Wayland/Weston 1.1 on Monday evening after last week laying out the 1.1 release plans.

Among the highlights for the Wayland/Weston 1.1 release include:

- A Raspberry Pi back-end so that Weston can work with the graphics driver stack found on this popular low-power low-performance ARM development board.

- There's also a Pixman renderer back-end so that Wayland's reference compositor can work with this software-based "pixel manipulation" library rather than needing any explicit hardware support. This back-end uses the MIT-SHM shared memory extension to the X11 back-end too.

- Another new back-end is providing RDP support, Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol. While this isn't the proper remote Wayland implementation previously talked about with experimental code, RDP clients can now connect to this Weston back-end that is compliant with FreeRDP.

- The last new back-end to support off supports FBDEV so that Weston can be attached frame-buffer display devices. This FBDEV back-end can be paired with the Pixman renderer support to provide for a software-based Weston environment. It's also useful in the process of porting Wayland to FreeBSD.

- The first module SDK for developing out-of-tree modules.

- The KMS back-end now supports the EGL buffer-age extension.

- Touch-screen calibration support and a configuration client.

- Optimizations like better damage handling, scan-out support for transformed buffers, and proper support for pop-up surfaces. There's also better documentation too.

A total of 409 commits went into Wayland/Weston 1.1 since the October 1.0 release. The release announcement of Wayland 1.1 can be read on the Wayland-devel mailing list.

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