Wayland News Archives


872 Wayland open-source and Linux related news articles on Phoronix since 2008.

The Greenfield In-Browser Wayland Compositor Is Fast Enough For Gaming
The Greenfield In-Browser Wayland Compositor Is Fast Enough For Gaming

While there are a lot of Wayland compositors out there that aren't too different from each other in terms of features, one of the more unique ones is Greenfield. The Greenfield Wayland compositor has been out there for a few years now as an in-browser HTML5-based solution that is continuing to prove itself capable and even fast enough for handling Linux gaming.

6 February 2024 - Greenfield Compositor - 22 Comments
XDG Top-Level Drag Protocol Approved For Wayland
XDG Top-Level Drag Protocol Approved For Wayland

Merged today to Wayland-Protocols is xdg-toplevel-drag, the protocol that's been under discussion for the past nine months for handling applications that request a window is moved at the same time as a drag operation.

30 January 2024 - xdg-toplevel-drag - 82 Comments
XWayland Adds "-Output" Option For Better Rootful Fullscreen Control
XWayland Adds "-Output" Option For Better Rootful Fullscreen Control

As part of the Red Hat led effort for making XWayland's rootful mode more useful and the ability to run X11 desktop sessions within XWayland as part of RHEL 10 dropping the X.Org Server support besides XWayland, a new "-output" option was added to XWayland for better control over placement of rootful fullscreen windows.

11 January 2024 - xwayland -output - 149 Comments
Google Chrome Adds VA-API Video Acceleration On Wayland
Google Chrome Adds VA-API Video Acceleration On Wayland

One of the limitations of Google Chrome's Wayland support has been the Video Acceleration API (VA-API) not being supported for GPU-based video acceleration as it's directly targeted the libva-x11 library. But with code merged on Friday to Chromium, libva-drm is now used to allow for working VA-API acceleration on X11 or Wayland.

6 January 2024 - Google Chrome + Wayland + VA-API - 53 Comments
Wayland Enjoyed Many Successes In 2023
Wayland Enjoyed Many Successes In 2023

The Wayland ecosystem had a phenomenal year from much better NVIDIA proprietary driver support, Firefox ending out the year shipping with Wayland support enabled by default, KDE Plasma 6.0 will default to Wayland following many improvements on the KDE side, the Wine Wayland driver upstreamed in its initial form, XWayland continuing to be enhanced, and a lot of other software from desktop environments to apps continuing to embrace Wayland.

1 January 2024 - Wayland 2023 - 174 Comments
Using Miriway For Empowering Xfce / MATE / LXQt & Other Desktops With Wayland
Using Miriway For Empowering Xfce / MATE / LXQt & Other Desktops With Wayland

Miriway is an effort for bringing Wayland to desktops not currently having native Wayland support and is made possible via the Canonical-developed Mir. Miriway has been a side-project of Alan Griffiths as the lead Mir developer and today he published a blog post with more details for users interested in making use of it.

1 December 2023 - Miriway - 34 Comments
wlroots 0.17 Adds New Wayland Protocols, Continued Vulkan Renderer Work
wlroots 0.17 Adds New Wayland Protocols, Continued Vulkan Renderer Work

Released on Tuesday was a new version of wlroots, the Wayland compositor support library that was born out of the i3-inspired Sway compositor project. With this new release are new Wayland protocols, continued work on their Vulkan renderer, and the ability for the Wayland back-end to embed a wlroots compositor inside an existing Wayland client.

22 November 2023 - wlroots 0.17 - 18 Comments
Louvre Is A New C++ Library Helping To Build Wayland Compositors
Louvre Is A New C++ Library Helping To Build Wayland Compositors

While the KDE Plasma and GNOME Shell desktops are running on Wayland well, there are still many smaller desktops that haven't yet been ported over to Wayland or still in the early stages. There's also no shortage of passionate open-source developers toying around with their own desktops / compositors. Louvre is now the latest library out there like WLROOTS and libweston aiming to help develop Wayland compositors.

17 November 2023 - Louvre - 51 Comments
XWayland Rootful HiDPI Support Under Review
XWayland Rootful HiDPI Support Under Review

Following the recent talk of XWayland's rootful mode becoming more useful, Red Hat's Olivier Fourdan has continued enhancing the XWayland rootful support. Last week he opened up the merge request for adding HiDPI support to this mode.

13 November 2023 - XWayland Rootful - 17 Comments
XWayland's Rootful Mode Is Becoming More Useful
XWayland's Rootful Mode Is Becoming More Useful

Most Linux desktop users/gamers/enthusiasts are relying on XWayland for X11 client compatibility atop Wayland compositors in the "rootless" mode. With the XWayland rootless mode, X11 applications and games can integrate nicely within a Wayland desktop environment with just the individual client window presented. However, for those interested, the XWayland "rootful" mode has become more capable this year for those wanting to render an entire X11 environment within the Wayland compositor as a window.

24 October 2023 - XWayland Rootful - 101 Comments
Wayland Color Management Protocol Posted For Weston
Wayland Color Management Protocol Posted For Weston

The Wayland Color Management protocol has been years in the making and is needed for a client to specify the color space and HDR metadata of a surface. This color management protocol is ultimately needed for getting high dynamic range (HDR) support working out well within Wayland environments. This week an initial merge request was opened for implementing the draft color management protocol with the Weston reference compositor.

23 September 2023 - Wayland Color Management - 111 Comments
Xfce's Wayland Roadmap Updated
Xfce's Wayland Roadmap Updated

Xfce 4.18 released last December with some strides on the Wayland front for this lightweight GTK-based desktop environment, but more work remains before Xfce will be fully compatible with Wayland and its own robust compositor. The Xfce Wayland road-map was recently updated to reflect the latest work on this major undertaking.

13 September 2023 - Xfce Wayland Roadmap - 53 Comments
libei 1.0 Nears For Emulated Input On Wayland
libei 1.0 Nears For Emulated Input On Wayland

Libei has been the multi-year effort by Red Hat's leading input expert Peter Hutterer on emulated input handling for Wayland. Libei consists of a client side library and EIS as the "Emulated Input Server" for this Wayland-focused emulated input device solution. Libei 1.0 is about to finally be released.

17 May 2023 - libei 1.0 - 9 Comments
XWayland 23.1 Released With High Resolution Scroll Wheel, DMA-BUF v4 Feedback
XWayland 23.1 Released With High Resolution Scroll Wheel, DMA-BUF v4 Feedback

Coincidentally landing on GNOME 44 release day is also XWayland 23.1, the newest version of this portion of the X.Org Server code that allows legacy X11 client applications/games to run atop Wayland environments. With XWayland 23.1 comes a number of shiny new features to continue to enhance the X11 experience on Wayland.

22 March 2023 - XWayland 23.1 - 25 Comments
NVIDIA Improving wlroots For Better Dual-GPU Gaming Performance
NVIDIA Improving wlroots For Better Dual-GPU Gaming Performance

A NVIDIA engineer has opened up a merge request to improve the wlroots Wayland library so compositors based on it can enjoy better gaming performance for dual-GPU systems, namely around laptops sporting a discrete NVIDIA GPU but can help other GPU hardware/drivers too.

16 March 2023 - Direct Scanout From Secondary GPUs - 12 Comments
Sway & wl-roots Land Support For Wayland Fractional Scaling
Sway & wl-roots Land Support For Wayland Fractional Scaling

Back in November Wayland Protocols 1.31 released and was headlined by a new extension to handle fractional scaling. The latest Wayland compositor adding support for fractional scaling is now the popular i3-inspired Sway compositor as well as the wl-roots library used by it and other compositors.

13 February 2023 - Wayland Fractional Scaling - 31 Comments
Wlroots-Based Xfce Xwfm4 Wayland Code Taking Shape
Wlroots-Based Xfce Xwfm4 Wayland Code Taking Shape

With last week's release of Xfce 4.18 there was some disappointment expressed among readers over the lack of any major Wayland progress in this desktop release. While not part of Xfce 4.18, the work on adapting the Xfwm4 compositor / window manager code to using Wlroots for Wayland has continued progressing.

21 December 2022 - Xfce Wayland - 27 Comments

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