Friday, October 10, 2014

GNOME and Wayland

At GUADEC this year, I attended a great presentation about GNOME and Wayland. If you aren't aware, Wayland is an open source software project that manages communication between client programs and the display. In that respect, Wayland aims to replace X as the standard window system on Linux and Unix. Wayland also promises increased performance and security. While many complain that "Wayland doesn't respect network transparency," for most users I argue that network transparency doesn't matter so much. (But that's a debate for another forum.)

Fedora Magazine recently posted a review of GNOME on Wayland in Fedora 21. Fedora 21 will come with GNOME 3.14, which already runs reasonably well on Wayland.

Wayland isn't really part of usability, so I won't dwell on this topic here. Rather, please visit the article and comment on it there.
image: Wayland

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