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Orbital: A New Shell For Wayland's Weston

Wayland

Published on 09 August 2013 04:04 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland
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Orbital is a plugin/client for Wayland's Weston compositor that provides a custom shell for the next-generation display server. Orbital is made using Qt 5 and Qt Quick 2.

Giulio Camuffo announced his custom Wayland/Weston shell today on the Wayland development mailing list. He's been working on this shell for a while that's written using the Qt 5 tool-kit with Qt Quick 2. It's now in a comfortable state so he's decided to publicly announce Orbital.

Among the Weston Orbital features are effects like exposè, a taskbar that supports minimizing clients, a modular user-interface made of widgets/applets, and there's a graphical configuration tool.

The code to Orbital can be found on GitHub. Embedded below are some videos showing off capabilities of this Weston shell.



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