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Proposing A Wayland System Compositor Protocol

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Published on 25 August 2013 04:05 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland
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There's been mixed talks in the past about having Wayland serve as a system compositor while on Friday a new proposal was initiated in terms of planning a Wayland System Compositor Protocol.

Jason Ekstrand laid out his proposal on Friday for a system compositor protocol and is seeking comments on his proposed protocol and concepts surrounding this system compositor. He already has his own Weston fork that does implement these ideas.

The basic premise is providing an interface for compositors where all they end up doing is displaying other compositors or full-screen interfaces. The primary use-cases would be serving as an abstraction layer for other back-end/server implementations, simple full-screen client support, and providing a DRM/KMS back-end for other compositors.

Those wishing to learn more about this Wayland System Compositor Protocol can read the mailing list post and check out Jaston's Weston code.

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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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