KDE Works On Input Redirection, Wayland Cursor Themes
Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 18 March 2014 at 12:29 PM EDT. 2 Comments
A number of commits to KDE Workspaces were pushed to Git this morning that will ultimately benefit the next-generation KDE desktop with its Wayland support.

Among the interesting commits that were pushed this morning into KDE Git by Martin Gräßlin included:

- Support for Wayland cursor themes.

- Work has been started on an input redirection class. "So far this new class is not yet doing much. The WaylandBackend forwards the received pointer events to this InputRedirection class. From there signals are emitted to inform internal areas about the changes first. The events are currently forwarded to X through the xtest extension. This will be removed in future. Input will be forwarded directly to the surface which wants it (no matter whether X11 or Wayland)."

- There were many other commits pertaining to this input redirection work, including keyboard support.

- XKB Common is now required by KDE's KWin Wayland back-end.

- Other changes.

- The initial release of KDE Frameworks 5 and Plasma Next will likely not have perfected Wayland support but many components should be usable within Weston and other improvements -- including KWin as its own Wayland compositor -- will come with time.

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