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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Morgan
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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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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

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.

I doubt it's much of a limitation - pull-down notification area can be already seen as another window on top of an app?

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

You're right, I didn't think about that. And there is already a "desktop pager" of sorts, with the multiple home screens (though again, no floating or tiled windows).

It would be interesting to see someone take this idea and run with it!

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