Ubuntu moving towards Wayland

Casey Dahlin cdahlin at redhat.com
Fri Nov 5 17:00:44 UTC 2010

On Fri, Nov 05, 2010 at 11:12:09AM -0400, Matthias Clasen wrote:
> On Fri, 2010-11-05 at 02:11 +0100, Dennis Jacobfeuerborn wrote:
> > Interesting move: http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/551
> > 
> > Has anyone looked into bringing Wayland to Fedora? If not this might be the 
> > right time getting involved in the discussion.
> > 
> > http://wayland.freedesktop.org/
> Until recently, wayland required private branches of quite a few
> dependencies. But it should be possible to build wayland against F15
> packages now, or at least it should be soon. If somebody wants to give
> this a try, I'd be happy to review packages.

Last time I tried the big problem was Cairo-drm wasn't enabled in our cairo
packages. Granted that was a while ago. Also I don't know the status of drivers
other than Intel getting the page-flip ioctl in the kernel, which is the other
major prerequisite.

> Wayland certainly still has a way to go before we can think about
> replacing X altogether, but many pieces of this puzzle have been falling
> into place, and with the increased interest (and hopefully
> contribution), we may see it happen sooner rather than later.

The code definitely needed some more eyes last time I poked it. Its completely
undocumented in most places, duplicates macro declarations across multiple
files, and essentially implements its own version of point-to-point dbus (the
politics there aren't quite so simple, as there may be an argument for Wayland
doing its own IPC, even if it does seem rather too elaborate).

I'd love to see things move this way though.


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