1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

What's New In The Land Of Wayland?

Wayland

Published on 15 July 2011 10:27 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland
9 Comments

It's been a few weeks since really mentioning the Wayland Display Server at Phoronix (the last time was in June when XWayland and xf86-video-wlshm were released). It's not because development of this next-generation Linux display server has stalled, but there's been some progress made and overall just the lower level of activity during the summer months.

The last commit to the Wayland Git repository was more than two weeks ago (29 June) and that was just a matter of adding touch events to the Wayland protocol. Four touch events were added to the protocol: touch down, touch up, touch motion, touch frame (the end of a contact point list), and touch cancel (the event that's emitted if the compositor decides the touch stream is a global gesture and not for any clients). Touched just nine days ago was the Wayland demos repository where a simple memory client was added.

While the number of commits flowing into the Git repository may have slowed down during the summer, there still are active discussions on the mailing list -- lately it's largely surrounded Wayland's input support. Tiago Vignatti, the former Nokia developer who was hired with the dozens of others out of Helsinki after Nokia switched from MeeGo to Windows Phone 7, has also been publishing patches to the list. Just yesterday, Tiago published four Wayland patches to the list.

Intel is busy at work on making Wayland ready for use in MeeGo Touch UX 1.3, to be released later in the calendar year.

Being worked on for Wayland right now is also remote display support as part of Google's Summer of Code. Additionally, in the KDE world they've been quick to experiment with Wayland with various activities taking place to make the KWin compositing window manager ready for this next-generation solution.

At the Desktop Summit early next month in Berlin, Martin Gräßlin (the lead KWin developer) will also be talking about Compositing after X - KWin on the Road to Wayland. I'll be at the Berlin Desktop Summit, so there will be Phoronix information about what's been discussed shortly thereafter. Additionally, XDC2011 Chicago is taking place in September where almost surely Wayland will be discussed in greater detail.

For those looking to get involved with the Wayland Display Server project, there is a 275-line TODO list in the Git tree.

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 .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. The Power Consumption & Efficiency Of Open-Source GPU Drivers
  2. AMD R600g/RadeonSI Performance On Linux 3.16 With Mesa 10.3-devel
  3. Intel Pentium G3258 On Linux
  4. SilverStone Precision PS10
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Nouveau vs. Radeon vs. Intel Tests On Linux 3.16, Mesa 10.3-devel
  2. KVM Benchmarks On Ubuntu 14.10
  3. X.Org Server 1.16 Officially Released With Terrific Features
  4. Ubuntu With Linux 3.16 Smashes OS X 10.9.4 On The MacBook Air
Latest Linux News
  1. Debian 8.0 Jessie Is Settling For Linux 3.16
  2. Meson: A Next-Gen Build System Showing Promise
  3. Linux 3.16-rc7 Calms Things Down For The Linux 3.16 Kernel
  4. Open-Source AMD Users Report Hawaii GPU Acceleration Is Working
  5. Linus Torvalds On GCC 4.9: Pure & Utter Crap
  6. Cauldron 2014: GCC & LLVM Will Look To Collaborate More
  7. GCC Receives ACM Programming Languages Software Award
  8. KDE 4.14 Beta 3 Released
  9. A New Video Has Us Real Excited About The New UT For Linux
  10. CoreOS Experiences Its First Stable Release
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. ASRock AM1H-ITX: One Of The Best AM1 Mini-ITX Motherboards
  2. Debian + radeonsi
  3. Open-source drivers on ATI R7 260X
  4. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  5. Table test
  6. How To Setup Radeon DPM On Ubuntu Linux
  7. New build, first Linux PC, what could go wrong? ;)
  8. AMD "Hawaii" Open-Source GPU Acceleration Still Not Working Right