Wayland Begins Porting Process To FreeBSD
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland on 16 February 2013 at 01:05 AM EST. 7 Comments
While upstream Wayland developers are just concerning themselves with Linux support and are exclusively focusing their development efforts on taking advantage of the best Linux APIs and functionality, a developer has begun proposing patches that begin to work on FreeBSD support.

A set of 12 patches were published on Friday to start off Wayland support for FreeBSD. The patches begin here on the Wayland mailing list.

The changes come down to mostly adding in support for various functions on FreeBSD to replace their Linux equivalents used by Wayland. However, even if Wayland and Weston end up working on FreeBSD, the support won't be too widespread considering the only kernel mode-setting driver ported to Wayland in the mainline kernel is the Intel KMS driver as of FreeBSD 9.1.

We'll see how long the FreeBSD Wayland work goes on, but chances are it won't see much attention or gain much ground on the FreeBSD desktop.
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