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Wayland's Fullscreen Shell Protocol Is Still Baking

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Published on 24 October 2013 12:24 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland
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At the end of August there was a proposal for a Wayland System Compositor protocol but now those patches have been revised and are being put out as a new Wayland full-screen shell protocol.

The original aim of the "system compositor protocol" was to have an interface for compositors where all they do is nothing but showing other compositors or full-screen interfaces. This is still in effect the case but rather than being called a "system compositor" protocol it will just be the fullscreen shell protocol. The protocol was renamed since there have been some different views over Wayland as a system compositor itself.

In the latest patches by Jason Ekstrand, there's the Wayland protocol support along with an implementation of the proposed "wl_fullscreen_shell" as a Weston shell plug-in, and simple-shm modifications to make it a simple full-screen shell client. Still to be coded are Wayland back-end support implementations for the fullscreen shell.

This latest protocol work can be found on the wayland-devel mailing list.

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