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Chromium On Wayland "Ozone" Continues

Wayland

Published on 07 October 2013 12:06 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland
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Several weeks ago Intel developers announced the Ozone-Wayland project as a back-end for the Chromium web-browser to support running directly on Wayland without any X11 dependence. This wasn't just a code drop but Intel developers continue investing in this as an independent project for letting the Google web-browser run great on Wayland/Weston.

As explained in the earlier article, Ozone is a C++ abstraction layer used by Google's Chromium/Chrome browsers (and also Chrome OS) to seperate out the different windowing systems and also abstracting surface acceleration, input handling, event handling, and other UI-related matters. Ozone-Wayland provides Wayland support for Ozone. The code that was published at the middle of September allows the Chromium browser to work in full on Wayland natively and works great with the Weston compositor.

Tiago Vignatti of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center had announced the project and now today he's out with a new blog post concerning the project. The Ozone-Wayland project continues maturing as a way to support any Chromium(Chrome)-based software projects that in turn links against libwayland-client. For helping users/developers in getting started, there's now a how-to guide and more documentation detailing the work.

The Ozone-Wayland Git repository continues to be pull in new code with the latest work landing just hours ago. There is a Wiki for those wanting to learn more about using Chromium on Wayland.

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