The First Wayland Benchmarks From Fedora 20 Show Great Promise

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 7 October 2013 at 01:07 PM EDT. Page 2 of 2. 44 Comments.

With the simple OpenArena game, we see that the performance impact of having the game piped through Wayland/XWayland added minimal performance overhead compared to running the Fedora 20 desktop on an X.Org Server directly. These are much better results compared to when Mir/XMir first landed in the Ubuntu 13.10 archive, but now the performance has become more competitive.

For the more demanding Xonotic open-source first person shooter, the performance impact of having to deal with XWayland was a bit more noticeable, but again it's in very good shape for having just landed in Fedora 20 where it will only be served up as a "tech preview" option. The performance results should be more interesting once there are games having native Wayland support.

Stay tuned as I'll be back shortly with more Fedora 20 Wayland benchmarks, including of GTK3, etc. Test requests and other feedback can be directed to our forums or served to @MichaelLarabel on Twitter.

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