Wayland & Weston 1.2.0 is out

The latest release of the Wayland protocol and support library along with the Weston compositor is now out. For the GNOME community this release is particularly interesting:

  • It is the first one to advertise a stable API for the implementation of compositors (libwayland-server) – which will prove useful with the porting of gnome-shell & mutter to Wayland
  • Two new protocol enhancements have been staged for inclusion: subsurfaces from Pekka Paalanen which will be the basis for implementing Clutter-GTK on Wayland and support for input methods from Jan Arne Petersen. These are not yet in the core of the Wayland protocol but will be moved there when the API has been proven.
  • HiDPI support – Alexander Larsson implemented this for Wayland and GTK+ too

At GUADEC i’ll be speaking about the current state of the Wayland project and plans going forward. If you have a particular topic or question you’d like me to cover please let me know in the comments.

2 thoughts on “Wayland & Weston 1.2.0 is out

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  2. Alexander E. Patrakov

    This is a request for topics. Note: I have tried Wayland only as a part of Rebecca Black OS and only on my laptop, not on the desktop.

    0. Documentation, useful websites, wiki, livecd … just so that people know it is not that scary.

    1. Input handling. Yes I know that one can set the keyboard layout in weston.ini, but things like mouse acceleration and common touchpad-related settings (like edge scrolling vs two-finger scrolling) are not really documented. It would be nice to know what is possible and what isn’t.

    2. Vsync handling in the case of multiple outputs (even if this is not a new problem or not a problem at all), including cloned outputs.

    3. Color correction (which is AFAIK also a new feature in weston 1.2), especially with multiple outputs. I.e. what the color profile is keyed on, how should an application opt in or opt out, how to ensure consistent visual appearance even with cloned outputs (if this is possible at all).

    4. UI ideas about various preferences dialogs found in GNOME, i.e. which of them should be redesigned given that Wayland exists, which new input- and graphics-related preferences should be exposed, and how to apply them on the fly.


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