You Can Now Run GNOME Shell Wayland On Fedora 20
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland on 3 October 2013 at 02:48 PM EDT. 14 Comments
The GNOME 3.10 Wayland Tech Preview for Fedora 20 is nearing reality. While there wasn't the Wayland tech preview ready for the recent Fedora 20 Alpha, with the latest Fedora packages it's now possible to run the updated GNOME stack atop Wayland without the use of an X.Org Server.

Fedora 20 is shaping up to be a great release and Matthias Clasen of Red Hat has passed along word that the GNOME Wayland stack is becoming testable. With the latest X.Org Server, Intel DDX driver, and Mutter-Wayland, it's now possible to run the GNOME Shell 3.10 on Wayland with XWayland support.

There isn't yet any Wayland option offered from the GDM log-in screen so for now you need to start a session from a VT and run "gnome-session --session gnome-wayland." Among the limitations right now is needing Intel graphics support, global keybindings aren't working, touchpad support is limited, hot corner and pointer barriers don't work, and Clutter-GTK applications are currently messed up.

For more information on trying out GNOME Wayland today on Fedora 20, see Clasen's blog post.

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