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Wayland 1.4 Released With Many New Features

Wayland

Published on 24 January 2014 07:40 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland
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Wayland 1.4 has been released today along with the updated Weston reference compositor. The release is arriving a few days late but overall there are a lot of exciting improvements and new features to find with this major update that competes with the X.Org Server and Mir.

There's already been many Phoronix articles in the past three months about the Wayland/Weston 1.4 changes and new features, including an outright listing of the new features to Wayland 1.4. However, again, I will list some of my favorite features to this quarterly Wayland update.

Wayland itself wasn't too exciting for the 1.4 release as most of the major work is done and it's stabilizing quite nicely while the Weston reference compositor is what's continually being refined. However, one really nice addition is the sub-surface protocol.

Weston 1.4 meanwhile has logind support, improved output handling, improved touch-screen support, nested compositor buffer pass-through, and crop and scale protocol support (not yet in upstream Wayland protocol).

Wayland/Weston 1.4 is coming at a nice time with there being many other Wayland-related projects releasing in the months ahead including GNOME 3.12 with its superior Wayland support and Enlightenment E19 with full Wayland support. There's also new small Wayland projects sprouting each day like SWC that was talked about yesterday, the Qt5+Wayland Hawaii desktop, etc.

The official Wayland/Weston 1.4 release announcement can be found on the Wayland developers' list.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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