Kristian Høgsberg is working at Red Hat on the Linux graphics stack including drm, mesa, X, cairo and more. The recent couple of years Kristian has been focused on clearing out the roadblocks that prevent us from enabling a composited Linux desktop by default. Towards this goal he has been instrumental in implementing AIGLX, which has allowed compiz and other compositing managers to run on X, and DRI2, which integrates accelerated OpenGL with the COMPOSITE extension. Recent developments in the Linux graphics stack has led Kristian to wonder whether X is our ideal window system.
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Over the last few years the graphics stack have been split up and refactored into shared libraries, kernel drivers and other components. The X server provides a lot of legacy functionality that isn't used by the modern, composited Linux desktop. Wayland is a new display server that builds on top of all those components to provide a minimal foundation for a composited destkop. X can run under Wayland with very little overhead for legacy applications.
|X Window System||06/15/2009|