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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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Are there any Linux distros currently using Wayland?

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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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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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 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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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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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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what is the differences between Wayland and X? [closed]

I was woundering about how people says that X is old... And need a new display sever but how the differences lies? Like how they work. Need to add tag display-sever but I don't have enough rep to ...
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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 ...