KDE/KWin Looks Forward To Layered Compositing With Wayland

Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 20 August 2015 at 02:08 PM EDT. Add A Comment
Yesterday KWin maintainer Martin Gräßlin wrote about a Qt QPA plug-in for KWin while today he's talking about another Wayland-driven, longer-term work item driven by Wayland.

Martin wrote a blog post today about layered compositing and how the rendering process can change with Wayland compared to the existing X11 way and external compositors. Changing up the compositing has implications for mobile mobile (Plasma Mobile) as well as on the desktop. Martin is going to be playing around with changes to how KWin's compositor works while trying it out on a Raspberry Pi to take advantage of the open-source VC4 driver and its support for layers / KMS planes.

On the desktop, Martin is looking forward to making use of atomic mode-setting with his next-gen KWin code, but with atomic mode-setting having just stabilized for Linux 4.2, it will be a while before that support can be expected to be in use by KDE desktop users.

Read the post in full via Martin's blog.
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