Why is Wayland better?


Wayland isn't for the end user. End users aren't going to drive the switch; it's not like upgrading to Windows 8 -- you don't have to sell the product to end users who are buying it. The buyers are the developers who maintain distributions and write software. The fact that end users will get it too is a side effect.

Few end users care about Xorg. They care about applications like Facebook, Netflix, Steam, Minecraft, Skype, etc. but not about Mono, Flash, Java or any of those other technologies; they'll upgrade when the developers force them to.

I use my computer mostly for browsing the Web and the occasional game. Weston+X is too much hassle for me; that's why I use Arch to begin with -- it frees me to focus on stuff I do care about. But I look forward to using it when it matures a bit.

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Wayland FAQ

Why fork the X server?

It's not an X server and not a fork. It's a protocol between a compositor and its clients. The compositor sends input events to the clients. The clients render locally and then communicate video memory buffers and information about updates to those buffers back to the compositor.

What is the license?

Wayland is licensed under the MIT license with some example code under the GPL.

Why duplicate all this work?

Wayland is not really duplicating much work. Where possible, Wayland reuses existing drivers and infrastructure. One of the reasons this project is feasible at all is that Wayland reuses the DRI drivers, the kernel side GEM scheduler and kernel mode setting. Wayland doesn't have to compete with other projects for drivers and driver developers, it lives within the X.org, mesa and drm community and benefits from all the hardware enablement and driver development happening...

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Not going into too much technical detail, basically this protocol is referring to the windows you see on the screen and how it renders. The X server is very old and people need to add extensions to make it more functional so the code base becomes bloated and Wayland is going to replace it for multiple reasons such as its security of maintaining input/output of every window.

Mir is exclusively developed by Canonical and their aim is to provide the Ubuntu family with a "sleeker, faster and more responsive" operating system.

You get into more detail when you search online but basically it'll display the dynamics of the graphical capabilities that it can achieve and show its fluidity through better software...

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Don't Starve Together Character (in development).

As of February 15, 2016, Wayland is working once again! Thank you all for your patience while I adapted Wayland to the Caves Update. If you run into any bugs, please report them in the Discussion Thread.

=========== BASIC STATS ===========

Health (99)
Hunger (99)
Sanity (99)

Increased Walk Speed (4.7)
Increased Run Speed (6.4)

+ Spawns Demon to fight for Wayland.
- Wayland's attacks only do 23% damage. The demon is the only viable way to fight.
- Demon doesn't attack shadow creatures. Run for your life!

+ Sanity Drain around monsters is halved
+ No Sanity loss at night
- Sanity loss at daytime

+ Can eat Nightmare Fuel (+33 Hunger, +33 Sanity, +33 Health)
+ Can eat Monster Meat (+13 Hunger, +13 Sanity, +13 Health)
+ Can eat Cooked Monster Meat (+23 Hunger, +23 Sanity, +23 Health)
+ Can eat Monster Meat Jerky (+33 Hunger, +33...

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While GCC 7 is still under heavy development and the GCC 7.1 stable release will not come until a few months into 2017, here are some early benchmarks of GCC 7.0 compared to GCC 6.2 and GCC 5.4 on an Ubuntu Linux x86_64 system.

Vi IMproved has been further improved with today's Vim 8.0 release. In fact, this is the first major release of Vim in the past decade!

Intel China developers quietly announced the release of their open-source Beignet 1.2 OpenCL implementation at the end of August for HD/Iris Graphics hardware. Beignet 1.2 continues supporting OpenCL 1.x while sadly their experimental OpenCL 2.0 branch hasn't been touched now in three months.

7 Hours Ago -


- Beignet 1.2

Rex Zhu of AMD published his latest set of 16 patches for refactoring PowerPlay code within the open-source DRM driver space. This is a big refactoring: nearly 19,000 new lines of code and 34,000 deleted lines of code.

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There are lots of differences between X and Wayland. Probably the biggest one from the graphics side is that Wayland doesn't do any drawing.

X has two drawing APIs. One of these is a part of the core X11 protocol, which is ancient, useless, and nobody uses. The other is the XRender extension which provides modern composite operations, among other things such as gradients. This is what Cairo, for example, uses. X also has font drawing APIs.

Wayland has no drawing APIs. A Wayland client gets a DRM buffer handle, which is basically a pointer to some graphics memory; Wayland doesn't know or care how the client draws to that buffer. In X terms this means that all applications get direct rendering - drawing requests don't need to go through the server.

The only rendering Wayland does is to copy the client's buffers onto the screen.

In terms of benefits, Wayland is a lot less complex than X which should make it easier to maintain - although some of this...

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Why go to Wayland Baptist University-Clovis/CAFB campus for achieving your educational goals?

Here is what some of our recent graduates had to say about their educational journey at WBU-Clovis:

“I went to the Education Services Center to check out my options. I wanted to become a teacher and get a teaching certificate. They recommended Wayland. When I went to talk to the Wayland representatives, they looked at my credits, and that made up my mind – how many of my credits they would accept.”

Waller said she appreciated the spiritual environment of the school.

“I like how friendly everybody is. Almost everyone is willing to help you. Teachers are willing to work with you. And it’s actually kind of refreshing to hear the teachers talk about God. It was actually fun learning about the Old and New Testament.”

Her future plans include Wayland, at this point.

“I would like to continue with my master’s degree through Wayland, if the opportunity...

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The Fedora Workstation working group decided this week that we’re not quite there yet for making the Wayland session the default in Fedora 24.

That is a bit of a disappointment for me, since we have worked very hard this cycle to close the gaps; you can see the progress we’ve made here: primary selection, kinetic scrolling, drag-and-drop, startup notification, pointer confinement have all landed this cycle. Not to mention countless smaller bug fixes and robustness improvements. But gaps are gaps, so we will take one more cycle to address them.

In any case, the Wayland session in Fedora 24 will be the best Wayland session we’ve ever had, and I really encourage everybody to try it out when F24 released.

Chances are that you won’t be able to tell the difference between the X and Wayland sessions. That is of course intentional – we’ve put a lot of effort into making sure that things work as well or better than before. But it is also a bit of a dilemma for...

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We can only go by what our students tell us. They love the small classes and the fact that the teacher knows everyone by name. They appreciate how the staff works hard to develop and maintain a degree plan which takes maximum advantage of prior learning experiences. And the "distinctively Christian environment" (that's in our mission statement) means we deal with students ethically and graciously. Here's a recent comment from one of our students:

Because of the customer service you and other administrators have helped me with, I can't help but refer people! I also refer people because of the ease of getting registered, as well as everything else about the university! I have had a great experience taking classes through Wayland.

Jennifer S.

We couldn't have said it better,...

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Let's start from the beginning, because even though Wayland has been in development for over five years there is still a lot of misunderstanding of what it is. Wayland is a display server protocol that is intended to replace the X Window System. We've had X for 27 years, and computing has changed a wee bit in that time. Back in the olden days we had text terminals and every little pixel was precious. Now we have great honking graphics cards with more processing power than the servers and workstations of yesteryear, multiple displays, smartphones and tablets, embedded devices, and users who are not going to settle for colorful ANSI displays, but want complex 3D graphics. And why shouldn't Linux lead the way in graphics rendering? Are we not overdue for holodecks? And who would ever want to leave their holodeck? Though, as figure 1 shows, you can make some cool color images with ANSI.

Figure 1: ANSI artwork from Legend of the Red Dragon.

The Evolution of X


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During the last several months, I've been rewriting the backend for Plasma's Task Manager, the strip of launchers and windows embedded into the panel at the bottom of the screen.

My current Task

What's in a Backend

The backend's responsibility is to gather (or store) pinned launchers, startup notifications and window information, and combine all that raw data into the abstraction known as tasks, forming a rough lifecycle: Launchers transition into startup notifications and then window buttons, though none of these states is technically required or guaranteed, resulting in the need to be able to match up each type of thing with any other based on what is known about them. Along the way the data is also filtered (e.g. by activity or virtual desktop), sorted (say, alphabetically, or at the user's behest, when tasks get dragged around) and optionally grouped.

The code currently performing these duties has been with us a long time—it goes back to, incredibly,...

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