KDE's KWin Just Became A Proper Wayland Compositor
Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 8 May 2015 at 01:15 PM EDT. 28 Comments
KDE --
Martin Gräßlin just shared that with the forthcoming KDE Plasma 5.4 update, KWin will serve as a proper Wayland compositor!

For years now Martin and other KDE developers have been working toward Wayland support and separating out the X11 Linux support. A huge milestone was reached today with the latest KWin code now being able to function as a proper Wayland compositor.

Martin wrote to his Google+ page, "After years of work KWin's master branch just became a proper Wayland compositor. 5.4 will be an awesome release :-D"

There was some early (X)Wayland support in Plasma 5.3 but for Plasma 5.4 it seems that the Wayland support will take a big step forward.

Besides this Wayland upbringing, there's also other features coming to KDE Plasma 5.4. Plasma 5.4 is planned for its official debut in August and is expected to make it into Kubuntu 15.10 and likely other fall Linux distribution updates.
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