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What is Wayland?

I was looking for a lightweight X server, but failed to find one. Then I found out about Wayland. I says that it aims to coexist with X, but can run standalone. When I try to compile it, it needs ...
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Why need drivers for both x server and the linux kernel?

Can someone explain why two sets of drivers are needed, one in the Linux kernel and one in X? I understand that the device drivers are in the kernel, but what is the role of those in the xserver? ...
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How to zoom into my desktop but maintain high resolution for fonts etc?

I recently bought a 4K screen (or UHD i.e. 2160p to be exact) and use it on my tower running Arch Linux. As a window manager I use awesome which runs on top of compton for tear-free compositing, as ...
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Are there any Linux distros currently using Wayland? [closed]

I know that Ubuntu is planning to use it in 11.10, and Fedora has announced 'eventual' migration, but I'm curious if there is something using it already that I could load in a VM to help with ...
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Wayland and full-screen apps

Will Wayland, unlike X, be able to "know" about a full screen app, and not fire up the screensaver? I remember reading up on this, and X (or present KWin/Compiz) cannot know or be told when to hold ...
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What is the difference between a windowing system and a window manager?

What is the difference between a windowing system (for example X11, Wayland) and a window manager (Awesome, Compiz, OpenBox)?
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What is keeping Wayland from overthrowing X in Linux?

Everyone agrees that Wayland is better than X11 for your usual desktop. Why is X then used by every major distro then? Is it bugs, little compability from apps (is that even an issue?) or something ...
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Setting environment variables for Gnome on Wayland session only

I'm testing GNOME 3.14 on Wayland on ArchLinux and I would also like to test GTK+ on Wayland. To do so, I can set the following two env variables from terminal export GDK_BACKEND=wayland ...
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How to know whether Wayland or X11 is being used

So I just installed the latest Kali Linux on my laptop which was based on Debian 7 (olstable). I then dist-upgrad-ed the whole thing to Debian 8. I've always wanted Wayland instead of X11, so I ...
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Display Server vs. Window Manager vs. Graphics Driver?

I am trying to sort my understanding of the different part of graphics on Linux, and I am confused as to the roles played by each of the following concepts. Display Server Window Manager Graphics ...
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How to use Xfig on high DPI screen?

On a high DPI screen, lines in Xfig are very thin. Is it possible to scale the lines, or the entire Xfig UI? Note that I don't want to scale the entire desktop. Other application UIs are legible on ...
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Multi-touch gestures in GNOME 3.14

I'm trying out the GNOME 3.14 live ISO and I would like to test multi touch gestures as well as Wayland session. The promotional video shows multitouch gestures to zoom in and out, show the overwiev, ...
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Bandwidth improvements expected from switching to Wayland or Mir?

I was intrigued by this answer regarding why X is not scalable. I'm unable to find any specific speed comparisons between x forwarding on these different protocols. How much % gain in network speeds ...
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Touchpad scrolling is very jumpy

I've just switched from Xorg to Wayland, which means I've also switched to libinput. I'm also using GNOME 3 and GDM. Since switching, scrolling has become very jumpy. As I drag two fingers ...
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Real GNOME Wayland session

I'm trying to test a "real" wayland gnome session. I know that not all applications can run on Wayland natively (for this we have XWayland) but at least I would like to have GTK+ applications to do ...
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Browser in Xwayland unresponsive (incl. video)

I use wayland with xwayland and weston and run X11 applications from an xserver that is running in wayland/weston. This includes my browsers, Firefox and Chromium, as they currently cannot run ...
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manipulate multiple windows simultaneously

this is probably a long shot but I've been pondering it for a while. I realize that the actual use-cases of this sort of interaction are quite sparse. The main uses I can think of would be moving ...
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Configure Wayland brightness control

On my Toshiba laptop I have two backlight devices in /sys/class/backlight called toshiba and intel_backlight. In Xorg, you could create a .conf file to choose which one the system should use. How do I ...
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Is (wayland's) libinput something new, i.e., not related to X.Org server?

Having read http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/libinput/ which states libinput is a library to handle input devices in Wayland compositors and to provide a generic X.Org input driver. It ...
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Compile xf86-input-libinput and get my version to be used

Wayland Libinput has a noticeable 0.5s delay at two-finger scrolling. The setting is in code with the line #define DEFAULT_GESTURE_2FG_SCROLL_TIMEOUT ms2us(500) in the file ...
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Win 8.1 guest on VirtualBox 5 running on Wayland 1.8 freezes after login

I'm testing GNOME 3.16.3 wayland (1.8) session on ArchLinux 64bit. Everything seems to work fine so far except for VirtualBox 5.0.2. If I run windows 8.1 as guest, after entering the password on the ...
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Dragging and dropping tabs between browsers

When dragging a tab from Firefox to Chrome/Chromium, or the other way, why is it not accepted by the other browser? One would expect the tab that was dragged over to appear together with the other ...
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XWayland not in Ubuntu

I am trying to get Wayland to run on Ubuntu 14.04. I found a webpage that has step by step install PPA and then do this next steps, but it is not working. I am trying to get it to working in VBox ...
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Window manager with wayland?

I was wondering if there is a up-to-date list with the common window managers and their status with Wayland, i.e. what is working, what is not, and how usable they are (especially Gnome and KDE). I ...
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How does wayland understand which monitor is which?

For a while now, I have run a two monitor setup on my desktop. I originally set up an /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to define these monitors. Recently my 17in monitor failed (running alongside a 24in one) ...
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Change Screen Rotation in GNOME/Wayland

Is there a way to change the screen rotation of a specific screen in GNOME? I tried xrandr -d XWAYLAND1 -o right, but that gives me Can't open display XWAYLAND1.
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Setting DPI and monitors permanently

I'm running elementary OS Freya (based on Ubuntu 14.04) on a MacBook Pro 13.3" 2013 Retina and I'm having weird DPI problems: Some applications (eg Google Chrome) have no awareness of DPI settings ...
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Linux display server or program that can route video and/or images between its clients?

The JACK Audio Connection Kit (http://jackaudio.org/) is a really useful tool for working with audio on linux systems. It allows for both audio and MIDI data to be communicated between its clients, ...
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Weston Global Configuration

I have installed Weston, and I would like to change the keyboard default layout it uses. Is there a global file to do this in? I know I can do it on a per-user base but that seems redundant as ...
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How to tell the compiler to search some libs inside /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu

I try to compile a project, I got the source files from git hub. But when I launch make, the compilation complains that the dependency on wayland-server is not met. However, I have wayland ...
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KDE 5 does not have window decorations

I'm running KDE Plasma 5.4.3 on Debian stretch/sid. I have kwin_wayland 5.4.3 and sddm 0.13.0. I only installed the base system and then ran apt-get install kde-plasma-desktop/testing sddm/testing ...
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Fedora 23 Wayland On Dell Latitude E7440 Issue

I have a brand new 2014 Dell Latitude E7440 Computer with Intel i7 CPU and 16 GB Of Ram (No Touch). It runs Windows 10 very well. I changed to the newest Fedora 23 and had problems running the live ...
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How to boot to Weston as KMS

Is there a config or script out there that instead of loading X server, then showing me the GDM (asking me for what desktop environment session I want), would instead start Wayland by running ...
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Using Wayland on my Debian upgraded system

So I just installed the latest Kali Linux on my laptop which was based on what is currently an oldstable. I then upgraded the whole thing to current stable, which then upgraded my Gnome Desktop to ...
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vncviewer that works in wayland

Is there a vncviewer that supports wayland natively (without xwayland)? As of Apr 2015, I tried the following: tigervnc tightvnc realvnc vinagre The first 3 all failed with Error: Can't open ...