MeeGo Tablet UX Can Already Run On Wayland?
The MeeGo conference is running from tomorrow through Wednesday in San Francisco. This is the first conference for the Moblin-Maemo-mix since Nokia parted ways to team up with Microsoft and ship Windows Phone 7 on their future devices, but there's interesting work still going on in the MeeGo world. In particular, of interest to many Phoronix readers will be the fact that it sounds like the adoption of the Wayland Display Server is going quite well within the MeeGo world. It appears that there's already an experimental version of MeeGo Tablet UX working atop Wayland.
Kristian Høgsberg, the creator of the Wayland Display Server project and now an employee at Intel, is giving a presentation on Tuesday entitled "MeeGo Tablet UX on Wayland."
The session abstract for MeeGo Tablet UX on Wayland is "This session will present the results of the effort to migrate the Meego Tablet UX from X to Wayland. The initial bringup is done and the core tablet UI and a few applications are running. The talk will give an overview of the new architecture of the graphics stack and the changes in higher level componenets. At the end we'll take a look at the current state of the project through a quick demonstration." Additionally, "This session will present the results of the effort to migrate the Meego Tablet UX from X to Wayland. "Play Wayland with MeeGo" is merged here."
Most demos of Wayland running up to this point have just been running glxgears, the flower / fire demo, a terminal, and other mundane examples of applications running within a nested Wayland instance. However, according to the abstract, at Intel they now have parts of MeeGo Tablet UX working on Wayland. It will likely be demoed.
MeeGo heavily leverages the Qt tool-kit and that has fairly good support that's continuing to grow for Wayland. Earlier this month in Germany I heard along the same lines that the Wayland Qt support continues to flourish.
It was last September after talking with Kristian in Toulouse that I reported MeeGo will likely be the first major distribution shipping Wayland. Canonical has plans to ship the Wayland Display Server for the Ubuntu desktop, but that roll-out won't begin until late 2012 when Ubuntu 12.10 ships and it probably won't be until Ubuntu 13.04 when it becomes potentially interesting.
Beyond Kirstian's MeeGo-Wayland talk for tablets, there's also a talk following that about Wayland with using Qt Lighthouse and Qt-Compositor. Here's what the MeeGo conference schedule says about that talk.
It was in March that we reported on the existence of a Qt Compositor for Wayland. It was just last September that the Qt tool-kit began playing with Wayland. Beyond Qt, there's also Wayland back-ends for GTK and Clutter, but to this point there isn't much in the way of real-world applications really working well yet under Wayland.
The 2011 MeeGo conference will also have planning talks regarding Qt 5 and other subjects.
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