Mainlining XWayland To Be Discussed Next Month
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland on 11 August 2012 at 04:13 PM EDT. 10 Comments
XWayland, the implementation that allows for X11 applications to run inside Wayland by running a root-less X.Org Server, will be talked about next month for possible upstreaming in the X.Org Server.

Continuing on from yesterday's news about Ubuntu delaying their Wayland-based system compositor, a new Wayland LiveCD release, and a preview of where Wayland's at today, Kristian Høgsberg confirmed his attendance for next month's XDC2012 conference. He also added two items to the program:

- Wayland/Weston status/overview.
- Wayland: Composite based rootless X server. How does it work? How do we get it upstream?

XWayland is well past the merge window for X.Org Server 1.13, which is now in a release candidate phase and will be officially released in early September. XWayland though could be a possibility for X.Org Server 1.14 based upon the outcome of this technical discussion to be had next month from the X.Org Developers' Conference in Nürnberg. XWayland is needed to ease the migration of Linux desktop distributions from a traditional X.Org Server to eventually a native Wayland environment.

Wayland will also be talked about this month at the GStreamer 2012 conference in San Diego, but there it will be less technical and discuss-oriented than at XDC.

There will be Phoronix coverage of both events.

Meanwhile some of the other planned XDC2012 talks include the security of the graphics driver stack, experiences on the X.Org EVoC program, the state of the joystick input module, EGL/GLX/GLES on Linux, and X.Org Server integration testing. More talks will surely come about in the next few weeks to fill in the three days of the pre-Oktoberfest event.
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