Announcing Orbital shell plugin/client

Giulio Camuffo giuliocamuffo at
Fri Aug 9 10:32:31 PDT 2013

Hi all,

I've been working for some time on a custom shell for Weston (1.2). Some of
you may have seen some screencasts i made some months ago [1][2] when
working on the shell plugin. Now i've added a custom shell client, made
with Qt 5 and QtQuick 2, which talks to the plugin using a custom
desktop_shell.xml, based on the one in weston.

Now i'm quite happy with its state, so I though it was time to tell the
world about it.
The goal is to provide a usable, self-contained, shell to Weston, and to
see what does Wayland allow to do that X didn't.

Things it has that Weston's shell doesn't:
* effects like exposè
* a taskbar with the ability to minimize clients
* modular ui made of separate widgets/applets/whatyoumaycallit
* graphical configuration tools
That's it, more or less.

The code is here:
The README explains how to build and install it.

I'll soon start focusing more on the server-side again, so expect patches
to Weston. ;)

Hope you like it,

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