KDE community has elected to finalize the transition to Wayland and embrace the future of desktop.
Wayland has been of great interest and effort to the KDE community as it aligns with its values and goals to produce software that is secure, lightweight and beautiful. See more about Wayland in our Wayland page.
This goal will prioritize tracking down and fixing the issues that keep our software from achieving feature parity with the venerable X Window system. Our focus will be our own community software--KWin, Plasma and Apps--but will also be about helping the wider free software community to advance the Wayland feature set.
This is an ambitious goal. It cannot be a small team effort, and we invite the wider community to participate.
How to help
There are a few ways to help this goal, some requiring no specialized skills.
In order to fix bugs, we need to have precise reporting. Often we need to reproduce the issues reported, verify that bug reports include relevant information, request additional information, etc.
All of those actions are essential to the community to be able to fix the issues, and anyone can help. See the reported Wayland bugs that you can help triage.
You can run plasma or a KDE Application and report an issue you've encountered in the bug tracker and mark it with the keyword "wayland". You don't need a Wayland session to test apps in Wayland; just startplasmacompositor dolphin to try it out within Wayland.
There are different ways you can contribute with code. Pick a Wayland bug from among the known bugs and give it a shot!
The simplest way would be to send patches for an application to fix their Wayland shortcomings. The wayland porting notes may be helpful.
For more advanced contributions, you can try to fix a plasma Wayland issue by setting up a plasma developer environment and sending a patch to phabricator. And finally you can hack on KWin and Kwayland and following the developer environment setup documentation. Start your journey with kdesrc-build kwin.
We have a few documentation pages to help with debugging and fixing bugs:
- For Wayland debugging tips and general information
- For app developers and maintainers we have a documentation to help porting to Wayland
- For new developer contributors wanting to start hacking
KDE community projects
KWin and KWayland
KWin is the KDE Wayland compositor, representing the main component establishing a Wayland session. KWayland is an essential library wrapping low-level Wayland API to higher-level Qt-Style API. Their work board is located at https://phabricator.kde.org/project/view/98/
Plasma needs a lot of integration with Wayland and KWin to provide a smooth experience. Its Wayland work board is located at https://phabricator.kde.org/project/view/99/
KDE has many great applications and we want to make sure they work flawlessly under Wayland. We will be helping the apps contributors testing and fixing their Wayland support.
Libinput is the input library for Wayland, and a major dependency of Plasma and a few of our apps. We will probably need to work upstream to achieve our goal.
Qt and QtWayland
Qt is the main framework upon which most of KDE software is built. As we have advanced needs, we might encounter issues or limitations with Qt or QtWayland (the Wayland integration Qt module) in which case we will work with the Qt community to address them.
SDDM is our main desktop manager and will need some contribution of our community to take full advantage of wayland.
Currently reported Wayland bugs
You can find open bugs associated with Wayland with this query.