The Developers Leading Wayland This Year
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland on 10 September 2014 at 12:38 PM EDT. 13 Comments
With Wayland said to be shipping in millions of smart TVs, set-top boxes, IVI systems, and more, who are the top contributors to this modern display server technology? Here's a look at the top contributions in recent months to Wayland and its Weston reference compositor.

Wayland 1.6 is due for release soon while the Wayland/Weston release is being managed by Pekka Paalanen at Collabora with Kristian Høgsberg having been silent on the public Wayland list this summer (though it appears Kristian will be speaking next month at XDC2014 about Wayland). Here's some fresh stats about the top code contributions to Wayland/Weston using GitStats on their mainline Git repositories as of this week. First up is the official Wayland code. Wayland is up to 101 files with 22,471 lines of code and has seen 1,579 commits from 104 different authors.

Wayland to date has seen 124 commits compared to 219 commits in 2013 or 434 commits in 2012 -- its peak year. The commit count for Wayland itself is likely coming in lower not due to lack of interest but more innovations first being tested within Weston, the overall stabilization of Wayland happening, etc.

This year there's just a handful of contributors each month but among the top contributors are Kristian Høgsberg, Peter Hutterer, Marek Chalupa, U. Artie Eoff, Jonas Ådahl, Jasper St. Pierre, and Pekka Paalanen.

The Wayland code-base will soon probably reach 25,000 lines of code, which is still far from the size of the X.Org Server. The Weston compositor meanwhile is at 92,383 lines of code across 183 files. The Weston compositor has been developed thus far over 4,233 commits from 153 authors.

Weston has seen 498 commits this year compared to 1,107 in 2013 and 1,503 in 2012.

While there's a lot of overlap between Wayland and Weston developers, top contributors to this reference compositor / playground include Kristian Høgsberg, Derek Foreman, Pekka Paalanen, Jason Ekstrand, George Kiagiadakis, and Jasper St. Pierre.

With new compositor features and protocol extensions being toyed around with inside Weston, the line count continues to rise and will soon be over 100,000 lines of code.
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