Linus has released the 3.17-rc6 kernel
prepatch, saying: "It's been quiet - enough so that coupled with my
upcoming travel, this might just be the last -rc, and final 3.17 might be
The version 1.6.0 releases of the Wayland display manager and Weston
compositor are available. Wayland improvements include better error
handling and an improved self-testing infrastructure. On the Weston side,
they have made a number of xdg-shell protocol changes ("Yes, we broke
it again since 1.5.0"), some keyboard repeat improvements, a switch to
libinput by default, and more.
The LWN.net Weekly Edition for September 18, 2014 is available.
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alt="[Keith Packard]" width=130 height=150>
In a talk entitled "SteamOS Magic", longtime X developer Keith Packard
looked at the new Linux "distribution" and the effort to turn the Linux
desktop into a gaming console. It turns out that, with a fairly small
amount of code, Steam and SteamOS creator, Valve, was able to take the
existing X-based desktop and
turn it into a "living-room experience".