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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But what does Wayland mean for Android?
by butters on Wed 5th Dec 2012 19:27 UTC
butters
Member since:
2005-07-08

Android was the first major Linux-based client OS to ditch X11 in favor of a direct rendering manager (SurfaceFlinger). Now that Wayland inching its way toward adoption by Ubuntu and Fedora, what does this mean for the future of Android and SurfaceFlinger?

If Google has any intention of pushing Android upmarket into the productivity and workstation segments, then they may want a presentation framework which natively supports composited client windows. I suppose that ChromeOS, with its new Aura window manager on X11, would be the most likely venue for Google to introduce Wayland, if they have any intention of doing so.

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ThomasFuhringer Member since:
2007-01-25

And why not just take SurfaceFlinger as a replacement for X Windows?

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm no developer, but I wonder if it would even scale up to desktop use. It's designed for one fullscreen app at a time; no window management would be possible without heavy modification.

And let's not forget what die hard X fanatics would miss the most: Remote X sessions. I've used them in the past from time to time, but there are some people for whom that feature is a necessity.

I may be wrong, but I think the best solution is to clean up and modernize X rather than shoehorn a mobile framework onto desktops. I don't have a problem with Wayland either, but I'm interested to see where the various distros go.

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