Tiago Vignatti, the former Nokia developer and now Intel Open-Source Technology Center developer contributing to Wayland, has blogged today about X on Wayland. «A rather cool feature on Weston compositor is xwayland, to support X11 native applications on Wayland. It’s a quite important feature because gives the compatibility with the “old” windowing system, so say you have an application written on Motif/Xt or even something more “fancy” like a Web browser all tied with GTK2 and whatever dependency, then you better not bother yourself re-writing it to native Wayland or porting to a modern toolkit — it should just work seamlessly on it. Hence, X on Wayland fits pretty well with our overall transition plan.»
Canonical Posts More Wayland Patches
Back in May the Ubuntu developers came up with very ambitious Wayland integration plans to use this next-generation display server as a system compositor for Ubuntu 12.10. The plans were very ambitious and it's still not clear if they will succeed for the Ubuntu 12.10 roll-out in October. Their initial plans also called for forking the Weston compositor of Wayland, but Wayland developers tried to steer them to create a plug-in.
Since the landmark announcement in May, Canonical contributed a few Wayland patches. They haven't contributed that many to date and their rate of upstream Wayland/Weston contributions is very low and even outpaced by many of the unpaid independent developers. However, over the night at least they did post two more patches...