Why isn't Xwayland just a Wayland client?

Olivier Fourdan fourdan at gmail.com
Tue Sep 5 18:51:28 UTC 2017


Xwayland is basically an X server, like any X server, it requires an X11
Window manager for the users to manipulate the windows on screen (size,
location, stacking etc.)

And since those X11 windows go along with Wayland native surfaces, it makes
a lot of sense to have that X11 window manager in the Wayland compositor.


On 5 September 2017 at 19:51, Joseph Burt <caseorum at gmail.com> wrote:

> Most Wayland compositors, Weston and WLC-based ones included, carry
> around a bit of XWM code, essentially a protocol extension, to deal
> with Xwayland. Why? What is lacking in Xwayland?
> Thanks,
> Joseph
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