Kristian Høgsberg spoke this week at XDC2012 about Wayland and Weston. Here's a short recap plus some videos that include new demos of this promising project.
Proper support for running the KDE desktop on Wayland still won't happen for a while.
For those interested in Wayland, Qt, and 3D, there's an interesting new Wayland compositor out in the wild. This compositor renders a 3D maze using Qt and brings in some Wolfenstein 3D elements while allowing Wayland surfaces to be rendered on the walls.
Weston Control is a new program for Wayland's reference compositor that uses a new wl_control protocol for controlling surfaces. The weston-control program can then be scripted for automatically moving windows, rotating windows, resizing surfaces, and much more.
Listen to Kristian Høgsberg talk about the imminent Wayland 1.0 release, multimedia integration for Wayland/Weston, and other recent Wayland developments.
Tiago Vignatti of Intel has published his latest XWayland protocol work as he looks to take X11/X.Org Server support atop Wayland up to speed.
Kristian Høgsberg has demonstrated that tear-free video playback on Wayland is a reality and that running Wayland on Intel hardware does allow for hardware-accelerated video playback thanks to VA-API support.
Patches have emerged today that provide support for workspaces with Wayland's Weston compositor and default shell.
Kristian Høgsberg just finished speaking at this year's GStreamer Conference behind held in San Diego, California. Kristian was talking about the forthcoming Wayland 1.0 release and Wayland's hardware-accelerated video playback support.
Rob Clark of Texas Instruments presented on the second day of this year's GStreamer Conference where he talked about GStreamer for the TI OMAP4, DMA-BUF, DRI2Video, and other low-level Linux multimedia work he's engaged in along with work on TI's OMAP Linux graphics driver. Rob ended up showing off an impressive but experimental demo of video playback work he's doing with Wayland.
Wayland and the reference Weston compositor have been updated against the upstream version 0.95 release for the packages to be found in the forthcoming Ubuntu 12.10 release.
MPlayer2, the fork of MPlayer, now has patches to support this video player while running on Wayland.
Rob Clark, the Texas Instruments developer known for his work on the OMAP DRM driver, DMA-BUF, and hacking a Qualcomm open-source driver in his spare time, has been dabbling with Wayland. Rob's done some optimizations and simplifications to shaders used by Wayland's Weston reference compositor that greatly improve the performance.
Reports are surfacing that NVIDIA is looking at ways to implement Wayland support for their binary Linux graphics driver.
After several interesting news items in recent days about Wayland, the latest is that Wayland/Weston now has support for cursor themes.
XWayland, the implementation that allows for X11 applications to run inside Wayland by running a root-less X.Org Server, will be talked about next month for possible upstreaming in the X.Org Server.
While an OpenWF back-end compositor for Wayland once provided hope that more hardware would work with Wayland whereby OpenWF Display drivers were available, the OpenWF support is being dropped already from the compositor.
Weston, the reference compositor to Wayland, now has support for output configuration from the Weston config file, i.e. the equivalent of configuring your output options with an X.Org Server from the xorg.conf.
Aside from the Wayland/Weston 0.95 announcement, also being discussed in recent days on the Wayland development list has been support supporting the AMD Catalyst and NVIDIA Linux binary graphics drivers under Wayland.
Version 0.95 of Wayland and Weston were released on Tuesday.
The latest feature for Wayland's Weston reference compositor / shell is a sliding layout effect.
Now that there's been the latest development statistics on Mesa / Gallium3D and the X.Org Server, here's some fresh numbers concerning the development pace of Wayland and the reference Weston compositor.
The developer responsible for KMSCON and FBLOG is seeking comments on a proposed design for virtual terminals and multiple seats that relies upon Wayland as a system-wide compositor.
In preparation for the Wayland/Weston 0.95 release in early July, a pre-release is now available (v0.94.90) that gets ready for this important milestone.
There's work under-way on implementing input method support for Wayland that was spawned by an earlier proposal.
The Wayland port for Google's Android platform is continuing to be hacked on by Collabora. Here's some new details.
While Canonical is working on tiny bits of Wayland code for upstream, Intel OTC developers and others continue with a bulk of the advancements for Wayland and Weston. One of the latest Intel patch sets is for handling cursor surfaces and animated cursors.
While Canonical isn't known for making many low-level upstream Linux contributions, new patches authored by one of Canonical's Ubuntu developers has been posted for mainline Wayland.
For those curious about the support for running X11/X.Org applications on Wayland, the support has come along quite nicely and is basically ready to begin showing off.
As the latest Wayland progress, patches have emerged so that the reference Weston compositor can handle virtual workspaces.
436 Wayland news articles published on Phoronix.