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KDE 4.11 Beta Brings KWin Wayland Back-End

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Published on 11 June 2013 11:03 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in KDE
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With this week's release of KDE 4.11 Beta 1, the KWin window manager now has an experimental Wayland back-end.

Martin Gräßlin, the KWin maintainer, announced the experimental KDE Wayland support on his blog. Martin has been talking about KDE Wayland support for a while now... Originally he was waiting for a stable release of Wayland to come, while 1.0 was out last year, it's not out until after Wayland 1.1 and then Canonical's Mir announcements that we're now seeing actual KDE-Wayland progress.

Martin notes on his blog, "This backend does not allow to manage Wayland clients, but uses another Wayland compositor as the rendering target. Instead of rendering to an X window, KWin renders to a Wayland surface. From an architecture point of view this means that there is a Wayland system compositor and KWin is running as a Wayland session compositor (although KWin is not yet a Wayland compositor)."

Right now there's a number of steps involved for getting an experimental KDE Plasma desktop running atop Wayland with the Weston compositor, but for those wishing to experiment, instructions are available from Martin's blog.

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