Wayland Updated With KMS Page-Flipping Ioctl
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland on 21 December 2009 at 01:29 PM EST. 19 Comments
The Wayland Display Server hasn't received any new commits to its code repository since early October, but now it has received some new work. In particular, Wayland is now able to take advantage of the KMS page-flipping ioctl that was recently pushed into the Linux 2.6.33 kernel.

The latest Wayland code now takes advantage of the latest revision to this API and is also now dependent upon libdrm 2.4.17, which was just released this week. In separate commits, a few dozen lines of code dealing with Cairo's surface code was also re-factored. The Wayland Display Server still will not work with all of the latest mainline packages in an "out of the box" configuration, but we're getting closer to a point where more Linux desktop users can experiment with this unique display server that fully leverages kernel mode-setting and other newer technologies.
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