Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Dec 2012 16:56 UTC, submitted by estherschindler
X11, Window Managers "For two decades, X has been the foundation for Linux graphics. Ubuntu's decision late in 2010 to switch to Wayland shakes things up all the way to those roots. Just over a month ago, the official 1.0.0 release of Wayland appeared, as well as its associated Weston project. How will these milestones affect working GUI programmers? What will happen to all the existing toolkits - Qt, wxWindows, Tk, and others - on which so many graphical applications already depend?"
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X's era is in the past
by jonsmirl on Wed 5th Dec 2012 21:27 UTC
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X basically ignores the GPU. Linux simply couldn't continue to ignore the GPU and remain competitive. Wayland turns the GPU into a first class citizen in the Linux world.

Nobody knows where this is going to end up. Usage of 3D in desktops is still in its infancy. I'm sure that in ten years we'll look back and laugh at these early desktop designs.

One technology that hasn't happened yet is GPU based glyph generation. When that happens it will likely have a large impact on the desktop.

Also note that 3D is just a catch all that includes compositing, GPGPU and other GPU based technology. It doesn't necessarily imply rotating cubes.

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