Enlightenment's Ecore_Drm2 Library Is Working Out Well For Wayland Support
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland on 7 October 2016 at 10:47 AM EDT. Add A Comment
WAYLAND --
While GNOME is frequently brought up for its well-vetted Wayland support when using the latest packages, the Enlightenment desktop has also been progressing very well with its Wayland compositor and they continue making improvements to their display stack. One of these important pieces has been the Ecore_Drm2 library.

Ecore_Drm2 is part of EFL 1.18 and is their new abstraction layer for interfacing with Linux's DRM (Direct Rendering Manager, of course).

Ecore_Drm2 supports modern Linux display capabilities like atomic mode-setting, nuclear page-flipping, hardware planes, and more that wasn't supported by their original EFL DRM API. With the very latest Enlightenment/EFL code plus the latest Linux kernel (and Intel hardware), you can have a "buttery smoothness" experience.

Samsung developer Chris Michael has written a blog post today on their open-source blog about the Ecore_Drm2 work with it "reducing tearing, decreasing time to first frame, improving rendering speed, and reducing memory usage. We believe we will see many more improvements just like this as a result of Ecore_Drm2." Those curious can learn more via this blog post.
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