The Role Of KWin & Wayland On The KDE Plasma Phone
Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 26 July 2015 at 10:46 AM EDT. 9 Comments
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This weekend at the 2015 Akademy conference in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain, KDE Plasma Mobile was announced. There's been a flow of new Plasma Mobile details and reference images being put out this weekend and we're starting to learn more about its proposed software stack, including its usage of Wayland.

KWin maintainer Martin Gräßlin has just published a new personal blog post about Plasma Phone and KWin, with KWin serving as a Wayland compositor. If you're curious about how KWin and Wayland play into the Plasma Mobile/Phone initiative, checkout that blog post.
Plasma Phone uses Wayland as the windowing system with KWin being the Wayland compositor. This is our first product which uses Wayland by default and also the first product which uses KWin as the Wayland compositor. The phone project pushed the Wayland efforts in Plasma a lot and is the only reason why we are able to make Wayland a technological preview with the upcoming Plasma 5.4 release.

The phone project gave KWin/Wayland into the hands of many developers who started to actively use it and to develop with it. This obviously helped to find lots of small and larger issues which then could be fixed. It triggered a stabilization process which reached a stage that I can use a Plasma Wayland session on my notebook with enough confidence that I won’t lose data due to crashes.

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