Libinput Is Great For X.Org & Wayland, Maybe Mir Too
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 11 October 2014 at 09:12 AM EDT. Add A Comment
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Libinput is the library that's been under development for one year now to try to work out a single input library implementation that can be shared by all Wayland compositors and other potential use-cases. Peter Hutterer gave an update on this input stack during this week's XDC2014 conference in Bordeaux.

Among the takeaways from his presentation include:

- Libinput is almost at feature parity to the X stack.

- xf86-input-libinput is the libinput wrapped driver into the X.Org Server.

- In regards to whether libinput will use Mir, Peter wrote, "MIR? Maybe, who knows..."

- Only configuration options that "make sense" are exposed to libinput users. There's also a limited configuration API.

- Future plans include merging the tablet support, providing a stable API/ABI, and making it a drop-in replacement for X.Org. There's also plans for a "button box" interface / game-pads support, raw/unaccelerated mouse input support, a device identification system, touchpad hand writing, and touchpad gestures support.

Those wanting to see Peter's libinput slides can find them in HTML form.
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