Wayland Continues Advancing On Features, But XWayland Could Use Some Help

Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland on 16 September 2015 at 03:49 PM EDT. 17 Comments
Taking some time away from preparing the upcoming Wayland/Weston 1.9 release, Bryce Harrington at Samsung's Open-Source Group has written a blog post about the state of Wayland features and other ongoing work.

Bryce has been managing the Wayland releases recently and with the 1.9 release candidate out the door, he provided an update on the features for both Wayland and the Weston compositor. Among the work that's been going into Weston is atomic mode-setting, DMA-BUF protocol support, and eliminating of various bugs, among a lot of other work.

However, while Wayland may be advancing and is being adopted by various desktop environments, XWayland still could use some attention. Bryce noted, "The question starts to become whether there is an adequate ecosystem of Wayland enabled client applications. For things that can’t simply be moved to Wayland, the question is if Xwayland will be up to snuff. Exploring this space will take some pioneering spirits. Speaking of Xwayland, we need a new person to help push Xwayland forward. This job involves feeding Keith Packard pull requests for collected patches. For example, there is touchscreen support not yet merged but that’s ready for landing. If this is something you might be interested in getting involved with, or if you have any interest at all in keeping up with Wayland development, you can join the wayland-devel mailing list, or join us in #Wayland on freenode."

More details on Wayland ahead at Samsung's blog.s-osg.org site.
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