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It's Now Easier Running Wayland Under GNOME-Session

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Published on 12 September 2013 09:35 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME
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With another day comes more improvements to the Linux desktop running atop Wayland. While yesterday saw Enlightenment on Wayland work, today already is some GNOME Wayland activity ahead of the GNOME 3.10 release in just a few weeks time.

A desktop file is now being bundled with the GNOME Shell to add support running Wayland under gnome-session. This modest but important change is part of the Wayland enablement plans for GNOME 3.10 and as serving as a Wayland tech preview in Fedora 20.

The desktop file is able to auto-start the GNOME Shell / Mutter running on Wayland. The command carried out by the desktop file is mutter-launch -- gnome-shell-wayland --wayland. Overall, the GNOME 3.10 support for Wayland is in good shape and should satisfy enthusiasts wishing to try out Wayland with a real desktop for the first time. On Fedora 20 it should just be a matter of selecting the Wayland session from the GDM log-in screen.

The commit adding the desktop auto-start file can be found here. There's also the related bug report concerning GNOME Shell running as a Wayland compositor.

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