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Old 09-11-2013, 12:11 PM   #1
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Intel, Red Hat Working On Enabling Wayland Support In GNOME

Open Source is all about collaboration and contribution and two leading communities are working towards making Wayland a reality.

Intel and Red Hat developers are working togather to 'merge and stabilize the patches to enable Wayland support in GNOME' as Christian Schaller writes on his blog. The teams are also looking into improving the stack futher. Weston won't be used anymore so Gnome Shell will become the Wayland compositor.

Schaller explains that, "Porting to Wayland isnít just about replacing X calls with Wayland calls, in many cases there is also functionality that was in X that will be done as a separate library for use with Wayland or settings that used to be handled by X that now needs to be stored elsewhere. The development work is starting to come together now and tarballs are being released with initial Wayland support or core modules such as Mutter."

The teams are trying to get a tech preview ready for Fedora 20 which means if things go where there will be an option to enter the Wayland session from GDM.

There is still a lot of work to be done, even if there is a tech preview in the upcoming release of Fedora it won't fully replace X. User may be able to run few supported applications but it won't be stable enough. How mature with XWayland be by then is also unclear.
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