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XDS 2010

I’m here in Toulouse, France (a charming example of an old French city) for XDS 2010, which is going well so far. The venue is good, we have a relatively large number of attendees compared to some of the recent X conferences we’ve had, and there has been good discussion in many of the talks and of course in the hallways

Kristian and I have been working more on the Qt Wayland port, and have basic apps like analogclock drawing. I’m working on fixing the Qt Wayland code to support more complete drawing so that other apps run; I hope to have sliders and other examples going by next week. At that point we can start the process of building libmeegotouch on top of the Qt Wayland environment and seeing what it will take to get some sample MeeGo apps running.

The ultimate goal of the work is to remove the X server (which acts as an obtrusive middle man in handset configurations especially) from the graphics stack for certain environments. We felt MeeGo was a good target because its apps are relatively new and shouldn’t have many X dependencies, and the philosophy of MeeGo is consistent with what we want to achieve. Overall, we hope for a reduction in the number of context switches (down from 3 or more to get stuff on to the screen with X and a compositor to 2 with Wayland), a reduction in the amount of code and memory needed to run the environment, and a massive simplification of the architecture, which should allow for faster and more robust development.

more to come (off to get drinks with krh, DrJakob, ickle, rib and others now)

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