No Plans For a Linux Based Wayland-DisplayServer


For the time being Nvidia has not made plans to officially take up the Wayland-Display server for Linux into their Driverset.

Last week Canonical revealed that in the near future; they would like to run their Unity-GUI on the Wayland platform instead of on X.ORG server. The open source project known as Wayland has a goal; which is to release a featherweight display-manager based on the OpenGL framework. The Wayland OSP is supposed to include the latest functionality in the Linux Kernel which includes: GEM, KMS and DRM. In the long run, Wayland should become a completely and worthy alternative to X.ORG server.

The founder of Canonical (Mark Shuttleworth)  revealed that Ubuntu is intended to implement Wayland instead of X.ORG server and one of the main reasons for doing so is the complexity and thus level of difficulty involved with installing and maintaining the X.ORG Server. As a result of this level of difficulty that is inherent to X.ORG server, implementing the Unity GUI in the next desktop release of Ubuntu will pose significant hurdles, mainly, because of the rather wide use of the OpenGL framework in Unity. Even though Canonical expects to make the transition into Wayland soon, Mr Shuttleworth realizes full well that this process will take up years, rather than months.

Wayland will also need to possess the capacity to run in compatibility mode to ensure that the transition can be concluded smoothly. As time progresses Canonical will continually assist Wayland in building away at their new ‘Display Server’ project.

Another question that begs to be answered is whether any major player in the hardware side of the tech-industry will support the fledgling  Display Manager in the future. Nvidia clearly stated in an official press release on the Nvnews forums, that they have no concrete plans to do so at this point in time. Even so, wayland isn’t entirely dependent on the major players such as Nvidia or AMD/ATi, mainly because the display server works seamlessly with opensource drivers as well. Of course official support would increase the chances of wide acceptance and implementation, while decreasing the chances of anything going awry during the official launch of the new platform.

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