Wayland Demonstration At XDS 2010
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland on 18 September 2010 at 05:45 AM EDT. 27 Comments
While the Wayland Display Server is not being discussed officially in any of the talks at the X.Org Developers' Summit in Toulouse, it has been mentioned a few times during other talks and can commonly be heard in discussions between Intel and Nokia developers outside of the event. At the pre-event I also discussed Wayland for a short time with Kristian Høgsberg, the project's founder, where it was learned Intel may deploy Wayland in MeeGo Touch, among other facts. Wayland was also brought up by Kristian during his talk on libxkbcommon, which is a common XKB library for keyboard input that can also be utilized by Wayland.

Nothing too exciting was learned during this time about Wayland, but there was a brief demonstration of this lightweight display server that leverages kernel mode-setting, Mesa EGL, and other technologies.

Read our other Wayland coverage, including the recent milestone of being able to run Wayland off mainline Mesa and other recent advancements. For those that do not know what Wayland is, below is the official description.
Wayland is a project to define a protocol for a compositor to talk to its clients as well as a library implementation of the protocol. The compositor can be a standalone display server running on Linux kernel modesetting and evdev input devices, an X applications, or a wayland client itself. The clients can be traditional appliactions, X servers (rootless or fullscreen) or other display servers.

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