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Hawaii Is Looking Great As A Wayland Desktop

Desktop

Published on 10 February 2014 06:25 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Desktop
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The Enlightenment Wayland Compositor wasn't the only Wayland desktop project seeing attention at FOSDEM earlier this month, but the Qt5-based Hawaii desktop also received some stage time.

We have been covering the Hawaii desktop project on Phoronix since its inception and continues showing great signs of progress. Back in late December we covered the Hawaii 0.2 release. This latest version of the Qt5-powered Wayland-based desktop offered multi-screen support, background support, modal dialogs, support for multiple workspaces and a switcher, lock screen, PolicyKit agent, notifications, a style API, and many other additions as the developers seek to bring up this modern open-source desktop.

Shared at FOSDEM were some of the Hawaii plans coming up and those items included Weston 1.4 support, more core applications, dropdown windows support, a workspaces overview, animated wallpapers, a screensaver, greater modularization, replaceable components, support for loadable elments, and work towards a desktop/mobile convergence strategy.

The SDDM log-in manager also still needs to be ported to Wayland, there's room for improved task management and applications, the FreeDesktop.org Notifications 1.2 interface still needs to be implemented in full, and there's more preference modules to still code.

Those wishing to learn more about the Hawaii Desktop that goes without caring about X11 or Mir support can be found via the FOSDEM PDF slides. The open-source desktop is still being hosted at Maui-Project.org.

About The Author
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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