XWayland: What's New to Improve VR Support on Linux


As you know, Wayland is a graphical server protocol and library for GNU / Linux that aims to modernize and bring more efficiency than with X. This new element has been adopted by the main distros, such as Fedora, Ubuntu, RHEL, Debian, Slackware, Manjaro , etc. On the other hand, XWayland is an X server running as a Wayland client. Well now XWayland comes with DRM (Direct Rendering Manager), specifically drm-lease-v1, great news that could improve support for virtual reality on the Linux desktop.

An announcement from the developers pointed towards these advances that are in line with everything that is moving, since the virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality, they will become more and more important. Not only for the world of entertainment and video games, but also for many other sectors, such as education, medicine, etc., and it is vital that GNU / Linux does not lag behind other operating systems.

Thanks to the connection that has been made between XWayland and DRM, now virtual reality video games that are not supported by Wayland directly, and that must be run through X11 / XWayland, would now work properly. This bracket should land as part of XWayland version 22, although that would be for next year ... We still have to wait a bit, but it is interesting news for the gaming world.

XR: a priority?

As you well know, there is not only this project. There are also many other communities and developers working to boost XR or extended reality on Linux. From projects such as the OpenXR API of The Khronos Group, through the efforts of Collabora and Valve, to other pieces that are being developed to fit everything and complete the ecosystem necessary to take advantage of all the benefits of this technology.

More information about Wayland and XWayland - Official website of the project

Learn more about VR projects on Linux here.

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