[PATCH] fbdev: Add an fbdev compositor backend using pixman and evdev

David Herrmann dh.herrmann at googlemail.com
Sat Jan 19 12:04:55 PST 2013


On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 6:54 PM, Bengt Richter <bokr at oz.net> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Can this fb compositor be run as non-root (but member of video group for
> access to /dev/fb?) ?


> I run X as non-root user via a startx script. Could one hope for an
> analogous startw script that
> puts one in a shell window supported by wayland, and be able to back out
> later to the original
> bash tty shell again, like exiting X? Any problems with keyboard and mouse,
> getting and releasing
> control for wayland?

That's working already if I understand you correctly. Weston
integrates fine with other applications on VTs.

> Having a nice tarball with nice automated non-root config and install might
> attract
> a fair amount of experimenters, IWT.

Honestly, I don't see why non-root would attract more testers. But as
a hint: weston-launch requires root only during setup. weston itself
is then run without root privileges.

> I'd like one that would build and run on 64-bit Slackware 14.0 plus whatever
> kernel
> (now 3.2.29) upgrade necessary ;-)

The tarballs should work fine with slackware. You can even try the

> I would like to experiment with a utf8 shell with split screen with separate
> scrolling
> areas and graphical popup widgets for the dialog command (see man dialog),
> for example.

I actually don't understand this description. Maybe you can elaborate here?


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