Enlightenment Temporarily Drops Support For Wayland

Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland on 8 October 2015 at 10:40 AM EDT. 5 Comments
While the Enlightenment developers were quick to implement Wayland support as an alternative to X11, with this week's v0.9.12 Enlightenment release it drops the Wayland support. However, this is just temporary and isn't much of a big deal.

The release notes for Enlightenment 0.9.12 mention, "this release no longer contains any form of support for Wayland."

While some are freaking out over the news this week, they only dropped the E19 support for Wayland since it's out-of-date and instead is going to be better with Enlightenment E20.

The removal in Git was explained as, "this is unmaintained and out of date. the protocol versions are old, and it's extremely unlikely that any client will work and be in a usable state given the development progress since E19 was originally released. use E20+ for wayland support."

Yep, over on Enlightenment Git master is much newer support than what was found in E19. The new Wayland support will also be dependent upon a newer version of the EFL Foundation Libraries.

So there's really nothing major like Enlightenment developers deciding they hate Wayland or the like. It's just that the E19 Wayland code is now outdated and E20 will introduce better support. Chris Michael at Samsung, a well known Enlightenment developer, has also been sending out some upstream Wayland patches recently too.
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