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Reasons For Losing Motivation In Wayland

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Published on 12 June 2013 12:57 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland
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While many are super excited about Wayland and the thought of X11 finally going away in the coming years, some who have been enthusiastic about Wayland/Weston are starting to lose interest. Here's the reasons by one Wayland enthusiast for losing motivation in the project.

Darxus, a Wayland enthusiast and Phoronix Forums moderator, shared on the mailing list what killed his motivation to play with Wayland. He was once very involved with the upstream Wayland community, but that's not so much the case anymore. Here's a synopsis of his reasons:

- A particular Mesa bug destroyed his build testing setup and hasn't been fixed even though he pointed out the faulty Mesa commit dating back three months.

- There's an XWayland segmentation fault bug. Though there was an old patch to fix the segfault for XWayland, it wasn't updated and merged.

- Cairo's current build testing is a mess. Cairo does have a big build test suite, but it seems no one has ever gotten all the tests to pass in recent times. There was a patch improving the situation, but three months have passed without it being merged.

Is anything holding you back from playing with Wayland now that KDE Plasma can run on Wayland? If you're still unsure about this X11 and Mir alternative, read the very interesting Wayland Facts article.

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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