Wayland News Archives
Mark Shuttleworth's announcement this week that Ubuntu will eventually dump the X.Org Server for Wayland has resulted in a great deal of media coverage for this emerging display server project that up until now was really only talked about and covered by Phoronix from the point in 2008 when we introduced the world to Wayland. While there's still many months of work ahead before all of the pieces of the Linux desktop stack will be ready for a Wayland Display Server by default, it seems many people are already taking a look at Wayland.
6 November 2010 - Testing, Build Scripts, Etc - 10 Comments
This is going to be short as I have another flight to catch to San Diego for the next week [if anyone wants to meet-up to discuss Linux, Phoronix, or the Phoronix Test Suite in the area, contact me]. Anyhow, Mark Shuttleworth just sent over an email saying that they will be deploying the Wayland Display Server with their Unity Desktop -- that's replacing the GNOME Shell by default -- in a future Ubuntu release!
4 November 2010 - Wow! - 105 Comments
Just earlier today we reported that Wayland is becoming compatible with Nouveau so that users of this open-source NVIDIA driver can begin using this alternative, lightweight display server that leverages the latest Linux graphics technologies. About the only caveat right now is the needed Nouveau page-flipping support, which is here for some hardware but not in the mainline Linux kernel yet and the page-flipping hook-up for the newer NVIDIA GPUs is coming soon. Kristian Høgsberg, the creator of Wayland, also made another announcement today.
29 October 2010 - It's Moving - 56 Comments
Chia-I Wu, the open-source developer who previously worked to bring Mesa to Android devices and worked on the new EGL state tracker, is now working for LunarG and has just published a patch-set that enables the Nouveau graphics driver to run the Wayland Display Server.
29 October 2010 - Open-Source NVIDIA - 14 Comments
The Wayland Display Server continues moving forward and is nearing the point of usability by enthusiasts and those interested in easily trying out this display server that leverages the latest and greatest Linux graphics technologies.
26 October 2010 - Wayland 1.5.4 Unstable - 18 Comments
Last week in Toulouse I learned just how much interest Intel has in Wayland and the active role they are playing in its development. Wayland and related work to bring it up is not limited to just Kristian Høgsberg, who switched from being a Red Hat employee to Intel during Wayland's development, but Jesse Barnes and other Intel OSTC X developers are also contributing to different areas. Jesse Barnes has been working on the Qt support within Wayland and that's hit a new milestone.
21 September 2010 - Intel Wayland - 17 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.
18 September 2010 - Wayland Display Server - 27 Comments
Yesterday there was a gathering for a few hours among X.Org developers for those who arrived early into Toulouse. There were a number of topics discussed over those few hours while drinking Paulaner (though unfortunately, no interviews were yet recorded), including Wayland with Kristian Høgsberg.
16 September 2010 - The Answer Is... - 4 Comments
While Kristian Høgsberg is now likely on his way to Toulouse, France for the 2010 X Developers' Summit, over the past day he has been working on some minor changes to the Wayland Display Server that he has now been working on for a while to leverage the latest Linux graphics technologies like kernel mode-setting and is something we initially reported on back in 2008 when it began.
14 September 2010 - For Those That Do Not Know - 13 Comments
The work going into Mesa the past few months that will eventually be released as Mesa 7.9 continues to get more exciting. There's many improvements and new features in Mesa and Gallium3D for the 7.9 release and the latest feature was brought this morning by Kristian Høgsberg with merging support for the EGL_MESA_drm_image extension.
25 August 2010 - Good News For Wayland - 5 Comments
Yesterday we reported on the state of Wayland with the project's founder, Kristian Høgsberg, showing the initial GTK+ 3.0 tool-kit running under this interesting display server. Besides the lack of tool-kits being fully ported over to run under Wayland, another stumbling block for advancing Wayland's development and usage has been the relatively high barrier to entry for simply getting Wayland to run. Fortunately, that barrier is slowly being lowered.
28 July 2010 - More Good Wayland News - 1 Comment
Earlier this month the Wayland TODO list was updated -- a month after it received some summer love -- and now we some new information from the founder of the Wayland Display Server, Kristian Høgsberg.
27 July 2010 - Part Of His "Grand Vision" - 33 Comments
For those interested in the interesting Wayland Display Server, Kristian Høgsberg has updated the project's TODO list for what still needs to be tackled with this display server that's much simpler and cleaner than the X.Org Server by leveraging newer Linux graphics technologies throughout the open-source stack.
7 July 2010 - Things To Code - 5 Comments
Last week we openly asked the question if and when will X12 emerge to replace X11, which was met by a variety of responses. Some view the Wayland Display Server as being a potential successor to the current X11 / X.Org Server, but others don't give it much credit seeing as it's not too actively worked on -- well, directly, but it leverages a lot of work actively going on with the Mesa and kernel DRM. The last time the Wayland Display Server received new commits to its code-base was back in March, but that changed this weekend.
6 June 2010 - Wayland Display Server - 12 Comments
Beyond working towards the X Server not running as the root user and the X.Org/Mesa/Kernel upgrades planned for Ubuntu 10.10, it may also be easier to test the Wayland Display Server in this Ubuntu "Maverick Meerkat" update due out in October.
13 May 2010 - UDS Report - 33 Comments
Last month we reported that the Wayland Display Server was losing its Eagle-specific bits and today this dependence migration from Eagle to Mesa's EGL stack has been confirmed.
19 February 2010 - Wayland Display Server
We first talked about the Wayland Display Server back in 2008 as a project that was conceived by Kristian Høgsberg to build a lightweight display server around the modern needs of the Linux desktop while leveraging all of the latest and greatest components in the Linux graphics stack (e.g. kernel mode-setting) and doing away with all of the cruft that has built up in the X.Org Server over the years. Wayland still is very much under development, but it hasn't received much traction yet. Part of the reason why is that as it's riding on all of the bleeding edge software bits with some of the code not even being in the mainline code-bases, there are a few hurdles that interested users first need to overcome.
24 January 2010 - Turns To FBOs
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.
21 December 2009 - Linux 2.6.33 Fun - 19 Comments
A few weeks back there was the Linux Plumbers Conference and one of talks was hosted by Kristian Høgsberg where he talked about his Wayland project. We were the first to publicly talk about the Wayland Display Server when it was in its very infancy at being an alternative to the X Server. Wayland leverages kernel mode-setting, DRI2, and other newer Linux technologies to provide a much simpler implementation than running a full-blown X Server (though you can run multiple X Servers inside Wayland) and its code-base is remarkably small. Wayland is also designed around the modern-day needs of the Linux desktop with compositing and ensuring that each frame is rendering perfectly with no tearing, etc.
14 November 2009 - Plumbers Conference - 37 Comments
This week at Phoronix a lot of the stores pertained to kernel mode-setting with it being that time of the quarter where the kernel merge window is about to open so it's time to push forth new features and other new code into the Linux kernel. The Linux 2.6.31 kernel was released this week and thus the focus is now turning to the Linux 2.6.32 kernel that will make it out later this year.
13 September 2009 - Upcoming: Oktoberfest - 2 Comments
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