RebeccaBlackOS is a Linux Distribution Showcasing Wayland

nerdopolis, a developer and a Rebecca Black fan, has been maintaining a Linux distribution called RebeccaBlackOS that uses Wayland’s reference compositor Weston as the default for handling its graphical user interface, and automatically start “Friday” song as it boots.

Rebecca Black Linux Desktop (Click to Enlarge)

This distribution actually supports both Wayland and X, as even though QT, GTK, EFL (Enlightenment Foundation Libraries), Clutter, and SDL (Simple DirectMedia Layer) have all been compiled to support Wayland, many apps don’t work with Wayland, so Xwayland provides a way to run many, but not all, X apps in Wayland.

You can try the latest 1.8 GB ISO image (24 May 2013), which is based on 32-bit Kubuntu 13.04, by transferring it to a USB flash drive via Unetbootin, or by using the ISO directly in VirtualBox (it will then use the framebuffer). I planned to try it before writing this post, by the “18 hours, 10 minutes remaining” message quickly dissuaded me from doing so. H-Online reports it does not include the latest Wayland and Weston version 1.1, but version 1.0.5 instead.

The developer explains this distribution is not really stable, and has some security issues, so this is mainly to play around with Wayland and check its development status. Further information on how to test Wayland with this distributions is available on the project’s sourcefore page.

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9 years ago

I downloaded it yesterday, burnt it to a DVD (yeah, old-skool), booted it and … I was disappointed; it has the look-and-feel of a Linux distro from 1999: look at the top menu bar … :-(. And I had a crash on top of that.

So the DVD is in the trash can now.

9 years ago

It’s probably not for the end-user yet. More or less like a developer preview…

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